Riga Dome Cathedral

The Cathedral is the largest and one of the oldest sacred buildings of the medieval period in the Baltic region, combining Romanesque, early Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau features. Today, alongside church services the cathedral hosts concerts by local and internationally renowned musicians.

The foundation stone of Riga Dome Cathedral was laid in 1211. Over time, the cathedral was enlarged by the construction of the west transept and side chapels, as well as by raising church's central area, thus turning it into a basilica. Cathedral's medieval tower surmounted by an octagonal pyramidal spire can be seen in the oldest image of Riga published in Sebastian Münster's book "Cosmographia" (mid-16th century).

At the end of the 16th century, a new tower with a pyramidal spire and two galleries was built. The rooster that was installed on the top of the tower is currently on display in the cathedral. At the end of the 18th century, a new Baroque tower was constructed.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, restoration works were carried out at the Riga Dome Cathedral, which led to the church's present appearance.

During the Soviet period, the church was used as a concert hall. 

Today, the Riga Dome Cathedral is the cathedral of the Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia and one of the main concert venues in Riga and throughout Latvia. 

Riga Dome Cathedral is open for visitors during the following times.


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