Lielais Kristaps - Big Christopher

Lielais Kristaps - Big Christopher

Lielais Kristaps - Big Christopher
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The myth goes that Christopher was a local giant who helped ferry people across the river. On one occasion, he only just managed to carry a weight-gaining baby across - legend has it that the child was Christ. Exhausted, he fell asleep but, when he woke, as a reward, Christopher had been left a load of gold which he used to build Riga. This version of Big Christopher isn’t the original (he is housed in the Riga museum).
Written 13 May 2024
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dbinhou7511
Houston, TX1,615 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The statue seems a bit cheesy, but the plaque explaining the statue was good to read. It is the story of the founding of Riga related to Big Christopher taking people back and forth across the river.
Written 2 August 2023
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Great Christopher is waiting for guests on the banks of the Daugava. A copy made by the sculptor Girts Upitis in 1997 can be found from a wooden-glass house on the bank of the Daugava.

The original 2.36-meter high pinewood sculpture of Great Christopher made in 1682 by the sculptor Michael Brinkmann can be seen in the Riga History and Navigation Museum. The wooden statue is carrying a child.

The legendary St. Christopher has been one of the townspeople's favorite saints. He has been honored as a guardian and benefactor among Latvian movers, raftsmen, loaders, and load carriers.
Written 28 September 2021
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PBTravelstheWorld
Lynden, WA391 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Another of the interesting monuments along the river walk. The original status is now in a museum and the story of St. Christopher seems to have been adapted to the local area. Worth a stroll by and nice view of the river.
Written 20 August 2020
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Roman
Prague, Czech Republic38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Interesting installation, though way more interesting story behind foundation of Riga. Worth reading.
Written 11 February 2020
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YO_LOOK_AT_ME
San Antonio, TX2,914 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I wouldn't go out of my way to see this, but if you're in the area and walking towards Riga Palace, might just take a quick look. It includes a placard outlining how Riga came to being, etc.
Written 29 July 2019
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vasavapr
Lappeenranta, Finland719 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
The statue is copy of the original wooden sculpture (now in the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation). The original sculpture was made in honor of man named Kristap who carried people on their shoulder across the river. The child is believed to be son of Christ, whom Kristap carried on his shoulder across the river.
Written 22 June 2019
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gsockol
Rockville, MD33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
I took the short walk from my hotel to this statue. It was cool to see, but the view of the water piqued my interest much more. Worth checking out if it's on your walk, otherwise you're not missing much!
Written 4 August 2018
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WW_Traveller023
Kirrawee, Australia1,798 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Wandering along the banks of the Daugava river we found this monument. Its of 'Big Christopher. The legend is written on a plaque, you can read about how we saved a baby and established Riga itself.
Written 4 July 2018
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Michael W
Largo, FL136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Family
We were walking by when we came across this statue. My wife was very familiar so she explained how the story goes. I thought it was pretty cool in a great setting. If you're near, stop by and check it out.
Written 25 September 2017
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