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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.

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12 Apr

Concerts (classical)

Inese Galante and friends. Agnus Dei

12 Apr
As usual on this night, there will be performances from many classical musicians, including opera-diva Inese Galante, countertenor Sergejs Jēgers, organist Aivars Kalējs, as well as the winners of the Inese Galante Talents competition, performing traditional sacred Easter music.

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14 Apr

Concerts (classical)

Bach and Vasks in Good Friday

14 Apr
A few years ago the Latvian Radio Choir welcomed Easter with the performance of all German grand master Johann Sebastian Bach's passions, delivering three different renditions of the New Testament's narrative of the Passion of Jesus. The concert series “Bach. Passion. Riga” received the Grand Music Award of Latvia. This year, the artistic director of the of the choir Sigvards Kļava has interspersed the choruses and corals from Bach's passions with Pēteris Vasks' music, ranging from a quiet contemplation in the stanzas by Mother Teresa to calm prayer and jubilations in praise of the Resurrection in his newest works Gloria and Mein Herr und mein Gott, performed by the Latvian Radio Choir together with the chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga and organist Ilze Reine.

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14 May

Concerts (classical)

Concert “Ave Maria” at Riga Dome

14 May
Program – J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, W.A. Mozart, L. Luzzi, P. Mascagni Performers: Olga Pyatigorskaya, soprano; Edīte Alpe, organ; Indulis Cintiņš, violin.

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13 Jun

Concerts (classical)

Concert “Viva Opera”

13 Jun
Olga Pyatigorskaya, soprano; Edīte Alpe, organ; Indulis Cintiņš, violin.

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15 Jun

Concerts (classical)

Riga Festival. Egīls Siliņš and the LNSO

15 Jun
Musicians: Egīls Siliņš, bass baritone; Latvian National Symphony Orchestra; Conductor Māris Sirmais.

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03 Mar - 30 Jun

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concert at Riga Dome

03 Mar - 30 Jun
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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01 Mar - 30 Jun

Concerts (classical)

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

01 Mar - 30 Jun
“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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