Izbaudi Rīgu

Exhibition "The Reformation 500: Commemorate medals between the 16th to 19th centuries from the collection of the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation"

The Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation's collection of medals and coins commemorating the Reformation is a part of the period's cultural heritage. A medal serves as a memorial item for a certain historical event, social happening or movement, or to commemorate a great person - it reflects the spirit of that time, helps maintain historical facts, and each brings its own message through the ages.

The medals on display during the exhibition will allow visitors to get acquainted with popular thematic subjects connected with the Reformation and anniversaries of Martin Luther. The medals also depict other important religious events, like, for example, theological disputes, the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia on Munster in 1648, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1695, the emigration to Prussia of the Salzburg protestants in 1732 and others. On display during the exhibition will also be very unique and rare medals, especially one from 1883 dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther, which was forged in Riga. Another unique display is a list compiled in the 18th century by the naturalist Jakob Benjamin Fischer in Riga with images of historical commemorate coins of the Reformation. One of the medals included in Fischer's list of images will also be on display - the Uppsala synod of 1593 (1693).

Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation 03.01.2019 - 31.12.2020