St. Mary's Dome CathedralCurrently Closed
- Address: Doma Laukums 6, Riga 1050, Latvia
- Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +371-67227573
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
The St. Mary’s Dome Cathedral or Riga Dome is a popular tourist attraction in Riga. A prominent feature of the Riga skyline, the construction of the building dates back to the year 1211. A stunning and looming structure, the cathedral is a must visit for everybody- including worshippers, photography buffs, architecture enthusiasts and history fanatics. Trivia- the cathedral houses one the world’s biggest organs.
- Active place of worship. Please maintain the tranquillity of the place.
- Grecinieku iela tram stop
- Novembra krastmala bus stop
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92.99% of people who visit Riga include St. Mary's Dome Cathedral in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
42.68% of people start their St. Mary's Dome Cathedral visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see St. Mary's Dome Cathedral
85.38% of people prefer walking in order to reach St. Mary's Dome Cathedral
Now 5 Euros entrance to one of the plainest cathedrals I have visited. Some nice stained glass and some interesting artifacts outside in the cloisters but hardly worth a visit.
peaceful place in riga..good athosphere and interesting architecture..
Impressive church which has been nicely restored and maintained. Very grand exterior perfect for good photography.
Big building with some old things and exhibits. There is courtyard and even toilet. 3 euro entrance.
On July 25, 1211 during a solemn ceremony, Bishop Albert laid the foundation stone of Riga Cathedral. Unfortunately, very little is known about the initial construction stage of the Cathedral. It is generally considered that construction of the present church gathered speed in spring 1215, after the first Cathedral church in the inner city burned down. Round that time the building materials were also changed from natural stone to bricks. Stone blocks were used only in designing the outer corners of the building. In 1266, Bishop Wilhelm of Moden, Pope's legate, held a council in the newly built Riga Cathedral. It is thought that by that time the choir and the cross-nave were completed and separated by a wall from the unfinished part of the church. Simple and laconic forms of Romanesque style were characteristic of the first construction period. According to studies carried out by art historians, Riga Cathedral was initially envisaged as a basilica, but later the design was changed and a hall church was built instead.At the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th century, Riga 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. At that time the tower walls were also raised and an octagonal pyramidal spire was added. This tower can be seen in the oldest picture of Riga Cathedral - a Sebastian Munster's cosmography dating back to 1559. According to V.Neimanis, supervisor of Riga Cathedral renovation works in the 19th century, Riga Cathedral Tower was the highest spire in the whole city of Riga at that time. Riga 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. Riga Cathedral rooster dating back to that time can still be seen in the Cloister of the Cathedral.