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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.

ASSOCIATED EVENTS

08 Sep

Concerts (classical)

Laudate Dominum, concert by Olga Pjatigorska

08 Sep
Performers: Olga Pyatigorskaya, soprano; Yevgenia Lissitsina, organ; Leonards Antoņēvičs, violin.

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26 Sep

Concerts (classical)

Autumn Chamber Music Festival. Arvo Pärt. "Grammy" performance. "Adam's Lament"

26 Sep
Impulsiveness, inner strength, and the sound of silence permeate the mood of Arvo Pärt's "Adam's Lament". It is accompanied by feelings of elation and satisfaction for a (joint) job well done – the achievement of Latvian and Estonian music maestros that received the prestigious “Grammy” Award last year.

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22 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Christmas concert "When Love Is Born"

22 Dec
Set as the objective for this concert is tearing down time barriers between yesterday and today, childhood dreams and existing reality. In tandem with playful, frivolous musical and poetic creations, those attending this concert will be treated to an aura of eternity - characteristic of the poetry of Jānis Poruks. Composer and musician Jānis Lūsens explains that he wishes to conjure up the feeling of "being at home, with kind and earnest folk who consider ethnic background, tradition, and its continuation the most sacred heritage. With the appearance of the choir for the finale, the feeling of unity will be even stronger as they offer songs that are well-known and cherished."

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31 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Concert "Bidding the Year Goodbye with Organ Sounds"

31 Dec
Concerts "Bidding the Year Goodbye with Organ Sounds" have become a tradition of Riga Dome Cathedral, inviting to find time for moments of peace and contemplation at the end of the year in the sonorous vaults of the Dome Cathedral.

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12 Aug - 30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concert at Riga Dome

12 Aug - 30 Dec
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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27 Aug - 30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

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

27 Aug - 30 Dec
“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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24 May - 11 Sep

Concerts (classical)

Spiritual music concerts at the Riga Dome

24 May - 11 Sep
The Riga Dome will please you with fantastic organ, acoustics, and atmosphere! This is a breath-taking opportunity to indulge in the ancient sacral architecture and refreshing sounds of spiritual music.

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