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“Noon Time Organ Concert”

St. Mary's Dome Cathedral
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Riga Old Town Walking Tour
Ranked #18 of 225 things to do in Riga
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: First completed in 1270 as a bishop's cathedral, this magnificent building features a large organ (circa 1884) that boasts 6,768 pipes, making it one of the biggest in the world.
Abbotsford, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Noon Time Organ Concert”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Yes, the concert cost 5 Lats ($10 Cdn) and only lasted about 25 minutes, but the sound from that organ was worth every minute of it. The money collected is being used to fund some of the reconstruction going on at the Cathedral, particularly the refinishing of the original facade over the organ. Seating, of course, was not a problem, since there were only about a hundred people there for the concert, in the huge Lutheran Cathedral. The organist was very accomplished, and performed three works that showed well the different moods and volumes of sound available to the organ.

There are numerous evening concerts available in the Cathedral during the week which involve choirs, orchestras, and solo artists, also involving the magnificent organ. If you're in Riga, and love organ music (or even if you just want a different experience) I heartily recommend a stop at this cathedral. Also, have a look at the exhibit of original crosses, and other artifacts that are on display in an area just off the altar area. They even have the original "Golden Rooster" that sat as a weathervane on top of the cathedral, put in place in 1595. It was taken down in 1983, I believe, to protect it from further decay.

Visited May 2013
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“Place for music”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

Unfortunately we did not have a chance to listen to the famous organ. It's being played not very frequently now - the instrument goes under maintenance.
Auqustic is very good. We went to the medieval songs concert that was very nice.
Not much to see inside.

Visited March 2013
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Riga, Latvia
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“Gorgeous organ music concerts, gorgeous acoustics.”
Reviewed 7 March 2013

The heart of Old Town. The best muzicians perform there. It is a must for every intellectual person.

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Riga, Latvia
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“acustics are fantastic”
Reviewed 7 March 2013

it is a Lutheran church with daily service but besides of that tourists are welcome and the organ concerts there are something you do not want to miss

Visited January 2013
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Gatineau, Canada
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“Beautiful cathedral, unforgettable organ concert”
Reviewed 4 February 2013

This is a beautiful dome cathedral that is well worth a visit. We attended an organ concert and were so pleased that this was included on our tour. It was incredible and quite memorable. This acoustically powerful organ is one of the most famous in the world.

Visited July 2012
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