Riga Cathedral
Riga Cathedral
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First completed in 1270 as a bishop's cathedral, this magnificent building features a large organ (circa 1884) that boasts 6,768 pipes, making it one of the biggest in the world.
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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, Ohio
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Certainly Worth a Visit When Touring the Old Town: See and Hear the Organ
    Riga Cathedral is a site in its own right, but I think it is better seen as a part of touring Riga's fun and beautiful old town. It is steps away from other notable structures and I would include it as part of a walking tour or exploration of the old town, along with the many other attractions that include the House of the Blackheads, the Occupation Museum, the cat house, and several other churches. In any case, Riga Cathedral is hard to miss in central Riga. We visited twice, once to view the building and the other to hear the magnificent organ. At least during the time we were in Riga, they had daily 20-minute organ concerts with a noted organist at noon. They are short, lasting only 20 minutes or so and cost 10€. It’s well worth it. Even if you don't stay for the music, take a look at it at the back of the church as it is large and attractive. The church interior is not particularly ornate, but it is attractive. You should also take a walk around the cloisters. Many churches in Riga have roosters on their spires rather than crosses. From outside, they look roughly life-size, but they have one of the originals on display here, and it is more like 4 or 5 feet tall. The use of roosters may have been a pagan throwback. One side is painted black and the other gold so that merchants would know which way the wind was blowing (and the likely level of shipping commerce that day). Walk around outside. There are whimsical statues of a dragon, a horse, and an armadillo. Our advice would be to explore the old town, but time your visit so you can enjoy the organ concert.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Lily M
    Colorado
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful visit to Riga Cathedral
    Wonderful visit to Riga Cathedral. €5 entrance fee and well worth it. Arrive just before 12pm to be treated to an impressive 20 m performance on one of the largest pipe organs in the world.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The organ is worth seeing
    Unfortunately we weren’t able to visit at the time of one of the daily concerts (3pm) but the organ is well worth seeing anyway. Otherwise the exterior of this cathedral largely impresses more than the plain interior, with the exception being the large, ornately carved pulpit and the attractive stained glass windows. The cloisters are an added feature but are pretty standard for these things.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Mark T
    Aberdeen, Washington
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    beautiful medieval church in Riga
    one of the oldest and largest churches in the Baltics was built in 1211 by Livonian Bishop Albert. The church's pipe organ.is a major draw.Admissionn was 10 euros. the admission includes a midday organ concert that lasted 20 minutes as well as being able to tour the church
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • chrissieb94
    Dorset, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic Cathedral
    This is the Cathedral Church of St Mary and is the Evangelical Lutheran seat of the Archbishop of Riga. It is known as the Dome Cathedral and was built in 1211. It is the largest medieval church in the Baltic states. During Soviet occupation it was used as a concert hall as religious services were not allowed. It has been restored since and reopened for services in 1991. Unfortunately we did not have time to view inside.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 September 2023
  • GaryBrazel
    Brooklyn, New York
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not the most impressive Cathedral
    As Cathedrals go this one is rather spare. Apart from the impressive organ, the pulpit and a carved wooden Blackheads structure, there isn't much to see. I'm not sure it's worth the €5 Euro entrance. Although you could see it by going to an organ concert.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Anfield123
    London, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil with lots of history
    Very nice tranquil place lots of history. The organ was amazingly beautiful. Lots of stain glass. Printed Guide was useful but not much detail A number of places has additional history that you could read
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • Ida Heiseldal
    Fredrikstad, Norway
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful cathedral in the old town.
    This is a beautiful cathedral, located in the middle of the old town of Riga. I came to visit during Christmas, and right by it, is the adorable and charming Christmas market as well. It is a very beautiful church, and equally beautiful on the inside. Worth a visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ornate and Informative
    There is an entrance fee of 5 Euros and we felt this was worth the price. The cathedral is very ornate inside and has a lot of Riga and Latvian history inside. There is a large collection of artifacts including cannons and relics in the cathedral's cloister and courtyard area beside the church. Inside there is a baptismal font from the 13th century, stained glass from the 19th century and paintings from all centuries since the church was built. There are interesting bits of Riga's history as well including a line to mark where the flooding got up to in the 1700s and church pews from the Blackheads (which had/have a famous clubhouse nearby). There is a map at the front desk that is available in a variety of languages and has numbers marked for the most interesting features in the cathedral and has some brief information on each one. There is also a guide at the back of the cathedral to show where other interesting markers are in the Cathedral. The church is located in Riga's Old Town and we spent about just under an hour inside the cathedral and a couple of hours in the area. Behind the church there are some statues including a unicorn, dragon and an armadillo. We also are at a nearby restaurant that had some very good food and beer. The cathedral hosts concerts and it might be worth checking one out because the acoustics are supposed to be quite good but it seems that we just missed out. If you're interested in going inside but don't want to pay for entrance there is a prayer room just to the left when you enter and that is free and pretty big. English service is provided at 9:30 am on Sundays.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2024
  • Mike O
    Roanoke, Virginia
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Navigation Point
    We enjoyed seeing this cathedral across the square every time we looked out of our upper floor flat. Makes for a useful navigation point. Our visit coincided with the Riga marathon (30,000+ runners); many of whom were post-race relaxing on the grounds immediately surrounding the cathedral.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 May 2024
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Miriam J
50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
I did the tower ticket which was €10, and that was very enjoyable. These tours happen twice a day, and while it is 217 steps, they take breaks as you ascend so it's not all in one go - although I will say that some of the steps were more challenging than others! The views were incredible, though. My only complaint is that we had very limited time to see the cathedral itself. Upon buying the tower ticket at 11:30am (for a 12:30pm climb), we were told we couldn't enter the cathedral at that time as the organ concert was shortly starting and to come in after the climb. However, we finished our tower climb at 1:40pm, and at that time the cathedral had closed meaning we were kicked out as we tried to explore. Slightly frustrating given we could've looked around before the concert, and the staff should have known we wouldn't have time after the climb given the closing time on Saturdays.
Written 17 June 2024
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK2,275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We went for the short organ recital and visit at 12.00.

Really interesting information boards, relating to the history of Riga and of the cathedral.

Organ recital showed off the range of the organ which is very impressive. The organ facade built in 1601 and impressive organ with 6718 pipes!

Well played, in stunning surroundings of this historic cathedral. Made for a very interesting afternoon. Good introduction to the Black Head brotherhood.

Cloisters are worth a look. We were lucky enough to visit during warm and sunny weather so enjoyed sitting in the sunny quad for a few moments.
Written 1 June 2024
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Mike O
Roanoke, VA1,332 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We enjoyed seeing this cathedral across the square every time we looked out of our upper floor flat. Makes for a useful navigation point. Our visit coincided with the Riga marathon (30,000+ runners); many of whom were post-race relaxing on the grounds immediately surrounding the cathedral.
Written 19 May 2024
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
There is an entrance fee of 5 Euros and we felt this was worth the price. The cathedral is very ornate inside and has a lot of Riga and Latvian history inside. There is a large collection of artifacts including cannons and relics in the cathedral's cloister and courtyard area beside the church. Inside there is a baptismal font from the 13th century, stained glass from the 19th century and paintings from all centuries since the church was built. There are interesting bits of Riga's history as well including a line to mark where the flooding got up to in the 1700s and church pews from the Blackheads (which had/have a famous clubhouse nearby).

There is a map at the front desk that is available in a variety of languages and has numbers marked for the most interesting features in the cathedral and has some brief information on each one. There is also a guide at the back of the cathedral to show where other interesting markers are in the Cathedral.

The church is located in Riga's Old Town and we spent about just under an hour inside the cathedral and a couple of hours in the area. Behind the church there are some statues including a unicorn, dragon and an armadillo. We also are at a nearby restaurant that had some very good food and beer. The cathedral hosts concerts and it might be worth checking one out because the acoustics are supposed to be quite good but it seems that we just missed out.

If you're interested in going inside but don't want to pay for entrance there is a prayer room just to the left when you enter and that is free and pretty big. English service is provided at 9:30 am on Sundays.
Written 11 April 2024
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Ida Heiseldal
Fredrikstad, Norway71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This is a beautiful cathedral, located in the middle of the old town of Riga. I came to visit during Christmas, and right by it, is the adorable and charming Christmas market as well. It is a very beautiful church, and equally beautiful on the inside. Worth a visit.
Written 6 January 2024
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,102 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Riga's cathedral was somewhat underwhelming in comparison to the more impressive St. Peter's church.
Having said that, the imposing building and the square are worth a visit.
Written 31 October 2023
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Anfield123
London, UK128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very nice tranquil place lots of history.
The organ was amazingly beautiful. Lots of stain glass. Printed
Guide was useful but not much detail
A number of places has additional history that you could read
Written 28 October 2023
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GaryBrazel
Brooklyn, NY1,156 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
As Cathedrals go this one is rather spare. Apart from the impressive organ, the pulpit and a carved wooden Blackheads structure, there isn't much to see. I'm not sure it's worth the €5 Euro entrance. Although you could see it by going to an organ concert.
Written 16 September 2023
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Maryke T
Sheffield, UK83 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Other than the organ and solidarity with ukraine posters there was little to indicate this was still home uo a worshipping community. Suggest admin compare their tourist literature with the Lutheran cathedral in Visby, which was in contrast so welcoming.
The cloisters were noce, but otherwise it feels as if the Russian occupation still impacts the spiritual ilpact of this building despite 30 yrs of independance.
Written 6 September 2023
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chrissieb94
Dorset, UK3,074 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is the Cathedral Church of St Mary and is the Evangelical Lutheran seat of the Archbishop of Riga. It is known as the Dome Cathedral and was built in 1211. It is the largest medieval church in the Baltic states. During Soviet occupation it was used as a concert hall as religious services were not allowed. It has been restored since and reopened for services in 1991. Unfortunately we did not have time to view inside.
Written 4 September 2023
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