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“beauiful restored building”

Nativity of Christ Cathedral
Ranked #10 of 227 things to do in Riga
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“beauiful restored building”
Reviewed 7 July 2013

Slightly smaller than I expected, the Nativity of Christ Cathedral ( also known as the Russian Orthodox Cathedral), appears to have some modern aspects.

This I understand was due to recent restoration / renovations, as during Soviet occupation times, when the beautiful building served as a restaurant, and a latterly as a planetarium.

There were the usual signs and symbols outside advising dress restrictions, behaviour, and no photography; so i was very surprised to see a tv crew interviewing local dignitaries inside.

Skirting around the television paraphernalia, I was impressed, indeed inspired by the icons, ceiling and especially the screen, only the urgency of the place spoilt it. Serene, and conducive to reflection it was not- due to the intrusive cameras.
Still worth visiting though.

Visited June 2013
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“dont cross your legs”
Reviewed 27 April 2013

A beautiful and breathtaking interior and exterior. Ladies please make sure you cover your head in respect , and don't do as i did cross your legs when sat down, it is a sign of disrespect. Difficult to believe the cathedral was converted into a planetarium by the soviet occupation.

Visited April 2013
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“Have a seat, have a rest”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

We were very lucky and had a service performed at the time we were there. There was beautiful singing and a very peaceful atmosphere. We stayed way longervthan intended and could pay attention to many details of the church. It is fairly impressive, both inside and outside. Have a look yourself and enjoy the building.

Visited March 2013
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“Largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the Baltics”
Reviewed 30 August 2012

The Nativity of Christ Cathedral was built between 1876 and 1883, while Latvia was part of the Russian Empire. It is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the Baltics. In the early 1960s the Soviet authorities closed the cathedral and converted it into a planetarium; it was returned to its congregation in 1990. The cathedral has five gilded cupolas and is being restored. It has an unusual central altar, many beautiful icons and of course painted murals on the walls and ceilings.

Officially, no photography is allowed inside the cathedral. Perhaps since I was dressed respectfully, with my head fully covered by a scarf, and acted properly, buying and lighting several candles, the guard allowed me to take several pictures of the entrance room.

Visited August 2012
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