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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

09 Jul

Concerts (classical)

Early Music Festival. Gregorian chants and bagpipes

09 Jul
Medieval art and music – a mysterious world, which has left modern man with many unanswered riddles. The concert "Gregorian Chants and Bagpipes” will bring us closer to solving one…

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04 Aug

Concerts (classical)

Concert “Ave Maria” at Riga Dome

04 Aug
Program – J.S. Bach, G.F. Händel, C. Franck, L. Luzzi, M. Reger, K. Debussy. Performers: Olga Pyatigorskaya, soprano; Edīte Alpe, organ; Leonards Antoņēvičs, violin.

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11 Aug

Concerts (classical)

J.S. Bach – Sounds and Reflections. 1st Concert.

11 Aug
The Professional Symphonic Band "Riga" will present an organ+orchestra rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach's music, as well as compositions written by contemporary musicians in 2014, when the International Composers' Competition "Windstream" with the motto "Feel Bach, Continue Bach, Discuss with Bach" took place. The Italian composer Girolamo Deraco was honored with Second Prize and the title of Favorite from the orchestra musicians. Conductor: Guntis Kuzma.

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25 Aug

Concerts (classical)

J.S. Bach – Sounds and Reflections. 2nd Concert.

25 Aug
On August 25, Riga Dome Cathedral will resound with the Professional Symphonic Band "Riga" performing compositions written by winners of the competition "Windstream 2014", organized by the said band last year. The concert will include "Motus cantarius" by Jukka-Peka Lehto (Finland) and "Mir geht ein Licht auf" by the Latvian composer Gundega Šmite.

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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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01 Jul - 31 Jul

Festivals, Festivities

International Organ Music Festival "Rīgas Doms"

01 Jul - 31 Jul
Every summer, the International Organ Music Festival "Rīgas Doms" offers spiritual and emotional adventure to all classical music enthusiasts. The festival takes place in Riga Dome Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in Old Riga. In bidding farewell to Latvia's six-month-stint as the presiding nation of the Council of the European Union, the festival this year features music composed or arranged specifically for the pipe organ from all 28 EU member states.

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22 May - 30 Sep

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concert at Riga Dome

22 May - 30 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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01 May - 30 Sep

Concerts (classical)

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

01 May - 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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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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