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Riga Dome Cathedral

The foundation stone of Riga Dome Cathedral was laid on July 25, 1211. The last large-scale restoration took place in the late 19th century when the cathedral acquired its present appearance. Today, Riga Dome Cathedral holds services and provide for rich cultural life — various concerts of popular artists take place here.

Riga Dome Cathedral has been one of the major venues for concerts in Riga for hundreds of years. Also today, official services and concerts feature various musical performances.

Riga Dome Cathedral was the central cathedral in the Baltics until Livonia fell to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1561. It has Romanesque, early Gothic, Baroque, and Art Nouveau features and is considered the largest Medieval church in Latvia and the Baltic States.

On July 25, 1211 during a ceremony, Bishop Albert laid the foundation stone. According to art historians, the building was initially envisaged as a basilica but later the design was changed and a hall church was built instead. At the beginning of the 15th century, the cathedral was enlarged by building the western cross-nave and side chapels and elevating the side walls of the central nave thus making the church into a basilica. Riga Dome Cathedral tower was the highest spire in Riga at that time. The cathedral kept its appearance up to 1547, when on a Sunday before Pentecost, a great fire broke out in the inner city and the Gothic spire of the cathedral burned down. A new tower with a pyramidal spire and two galleries were built by 1595. The Cathedral cockerel dating back to that time can still be seen in the inner courtyard of the cathedral.

From 1881 to 1914, Riga Cathedral Building Section of Riga Society of Researchers of History and Ancient Times carried out major reconstruction and renovation for its present-day appearance.

Services:

  • On Sundays at 12:00, the rest of the week, at 08:00 a.m.
  • Special service for families with children on the first Sunday of a month, at 17:00.

Saistītie pasākumi

29 Jun

Concerts (shows)

Double concert: Yamandu Costa and Daymé Arocena

29 Jun
A double concert at Riga Cathedral Garden by the guitar virtuoso Yamandu Costa and the talented singer and composer Daymé Arocena.

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30 Jun

Concerts (shows)

Double concert: Simone Zanchini and Ruthie Foster featuring the Latvian Radio Big Band

30 Jun
Performing at the Riga Cathedral Garden will be blues legend Ruthier Foster with a special concert program featuring the Latvian Radio Big Band, as well as one of the most innovative artists of today - Simone Zanchini.

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01 Jul

Concerts (shows)

Double concert: Magda Giannikou and Electro Deluxe

01 Jul
Double concert at Riga Cathedral Garden in Old Riga - the extravagant performer Magda Giannikou from the United States, and French jazz, soul and funk band Electro Deluxe.

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18 Jul

Concerts (classical)

Northen Lights

18 Jul
The spiritual and worldly music of contemporary composers can be heard in this high level musical performance.

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21 Jul

Concerts (classical)

Sing along concert - J.Haydn's The Creation oratory

21 Jul
International Sing Along Concerts are the artistic highlight of the most active part of the international choral scene. The project World Festival Singers started in 2015 and unites about 1,400 singers from all continents in spectacular performances of some of the masterpieces of the choral symphonic literature. In 2017 singers from all over the world are invited to Riga for a distinguished performance of Joseph Haydn's The Creation at Riga's Dome Cathedral.

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12 Aug

Concerts (classical)

Concert "Viva Mozart"

12 Aug

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28 Jun - 29 Sep

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concert at Riga Dome

28 Jun - 29 Sep
Experienced Latvian organ players, as well as guests from many other countries participate in concerts of organ music. This offers an opportunity to enjoy one of the most splendid and valuable historic organs in the outstanding acoustics of the Riga Dome Cathedral. The Riga Dome Cathedral organ belongs to the highest achievements of organ building of the late Romanticism period and is an excellent monument to the history of music.

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26 Jun - 30 Sep

Concerts (classical)

“Concerto Piccolo” — enjoy the unique sound of Riga Dome organ for 20 minutes

26 Jun - 30 Sep
“Concerto Piccolo” gives the opportunity to relish one of the most splendid and valuable historical organ in the outstanding acoustics of Riga Dome.

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02 Jul - 30 Jul

Festivals, Festivities

International Organ Music Festival - Rīgas Doms

02 Jul - 30 Jul
The International Organ Music Festival Rīgas Doms is an annual spiritual and emotional experience of lovers of classical music, which takes place each summer in one of the oldest churches in Old Town - Riga Cathedral. This year will be the 30th edition of the festival, with the festival program created with Latvia's centennial celebration in mind - the story of Latvian organ music over the past 100 years, featuring many organists from all over the country and the music of Latvian composers during this period.

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01 Aug - 15 Aug

Concerts (classical)

Orchestra Riga concert Bach, Dvorak, Debussy

01 Aug - 15 Aug
The concert program, performed by Orchestra Riga at Riga Dome Cathedral, as well as on the cathedral's magnificent organs, will feature not only music by Johann Sebastian Bach, but also Antonín Dvorak's Largo from Symphony No. 9 and French composer Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune for orchestra, La Cathédrale engloutie for organ and Nuages for orchestra. Conductor - Valdis Butāns. Organ player - Diāna Jaunzeme-Portnaja.

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08 Aug - 22 Aug

Concerts (classical)

Orchestra Riga concert Bach, Respighi, Ravel

08 Aug - 22 Aug
The concert will be conducted by the winner of several international competitions and one of Latvia's prominent conductor Ainārs Rubiķis. Italian composer Ottorino Respighi's four-part opus Vetrate di Chiesa (Church Windows) was composed in 1922, and portrays the bible scenes depicted on the church windows of various churches, like, for example, about San Michele Arcangelo, and the flight to Egypt by the parents of Jesus. The concert will be special by the fact that these compositions will be performed together at Riga Cathedral by both the orchestra and the cathedral's magnificent organs. Also performed at the concert will be Johann Sebastian Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue c-moll for orchestra and Two Chorale Preludes for organ solo, as well as Maurice Ravel's Pavane for orchestra.

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