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“Simple But Still Impressive” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of St. Mary's Dome Cathedral

St. Mary's Dome Cathedral
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US$96.18*
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Private Tour of Riga
Ranked #16 of 217 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.
Miami, Florida
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“Simple But Still Impressive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

For a structure that got it's beginning in the early 1200's, The Dome is an impressive site.

There is an admission fee which I am not sure is worth it as there are so many other churches in the city that you could visit for free.

In thinking about the time period many of the churches in the area were built in, the craftsmanship and architecture of all of them is simply amazing.

The Dome has regular organ concerts and I think the cost to attend any of them would be worthwhile.

Visited November 2013
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“Pleasant way to spend an hour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Nice church and grounds. Strange windmill thing in courtyard garden that tells you to SMS your sins to a given number and you will receive a msg/sign? Cost to enter church was 2.11 lats, however try and have the correct money as the ticket office lady is not the friendliest of sorts when it comes to giving change!!!!

Visited October 2013
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“Riga Dome Cathedral is a Must-See”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

The Dome still is one of the biggest churches in the Baltics, and is certainly not the prettiest, inside or out, but it is the Latvian Archbishop’s cathedral. The Riga Dome was the Livonian Order’s central cathedral until the disintegration of the Order in 1561. In the medieval period, the Riga Dome Cathedral was the largest and one of the oldest sacred buildings in Latvia and the entire Baltic Region. Inside, the ornate pulpit is amazing, and photos of it will include the best stained glass in the church. A surprising find is the interior courtyard, whose covered walkway is chock full of medieval cannons, mortars, and other armament.

Visited September 2013
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“Great especially with the organ concert”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013 via mobile

Don't miss this wonderful church, especially at noon where almost everyday an organ concert is given, during around 20-30 minutes; entrance fee 5 LAV. Worthwile especially as you also have to pay an entrance fee if you wouldn't visit the concert (then it's 2 LAV), so take a chance to enjoy the concert with the great acoustic of the church hall. We recommend as well to visit the nice inner courtyard at the right side after you enter the main hall.

Visited September 2013
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“Worth a visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

Walking around in the beautiful city centre you ought to visit the cathedral. Having seen a number of cathedrals this one is as such not anything special, but still worth a visit. Remarkable it is, that the building appears very wide. In the back you find a yard.
Access to the cathedral is from the back (tower end).

Visited August 2013
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