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Nativity of Christ Cathedral, Riga

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
The Neo-Byzantine Nativity of Christ Cathedral represents the largest Orthodox cathedral in the Baltic region, renowned for striking icons that cover most of its interior walls. Observe the 19th-century edifice and admire its pastel interior featuring representations of Christ and saints. You'll have the chance to see typical Orthodox ornaments and frescoes characteristic of the Byzantine era. From a distance, the cathedral dominates the landscape with its bright golden domes. You are welcome to buy candles here and light them in memory of loved ones. While there is no entry fee, the church accepts donations. For Nativity of Christ Cathedral and beyond, use our Riga itinerary builder to get the most from your Riga vacation.
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  • The impressive gold domes draw you from every direction to the cathedral. Once inside it takes your breath away, truly awesome PLEASE NOTE - it is open for prayer and Mass so I would advise you go in ...  read more »
  • As all Riga oozes new and reconstructed, in this case at the time Soviet became a planetary and restaurant. We could not enter because there was a wedding but the dorados of the exterior domes, shone and we could imagine that the interior would be at least equal to the outside
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  • In my opinion, each of which is in Riga, should visit this Russian orthdoxe Cathedral. She is equally beautiful from the outside and the inside. You should look at more detail just the icon paintings. Really great!
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  • To the French tourist. You make yourself sound like a little child. A spoiled one. This is Latvia. Which can be very hard to comprehend. But your comments make me think you are a typical tourist who thinks his currency should always be taken into account, and that they can go anywhere as long as they're not "bothering" anyone... well obviously you were bothering someone. Also, in this church it is 99.999% that she was speaking Russian to you. It's a Russian church, by the way. And the best part... the color of your skin... lol... learn something about a place before you go barging in, next time. And ENGLISH?? Learn something about a place. Show respect, and understand that you don't matter.
  • I am a French tourist and went to this cathedral some days ago, which is stunning by its beauty. The building and decoration are absolutely amazing. Unfortunately I had not enough time to appreciate it : a few minutes after I entered, an old woman from the cathedral came to me and pushed me toward the exit. She told me something in Russian or Latvian (I don't understand these languages) and seemed very angry. She even made a "pshhh" to tell me to go out. I tried to talk to her in English but she didn't understand. I was dressed in a decent way and did nothing but contemplate the walls. My latvian friends suggested me that the color of my skin might have been the problem, the woman may have thought that I was a refugee, as there are not many tourists in the city at this time of the year. Anyway, a church is the house of God and nobody should be kicked out of such a place.
  • This cathedral is just stunning to look at. The golden domes among the trees remind me how man and nature can live in harmony.
  • Beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedral. Wen't in there and thought they played music in a speaker system. Turned out it was a priest together with four or five elderly ladies singing! Perfectly in pitch and wonderful harmonies! There's also a shop were you can by icons and other religious goods close to the entrance. Remember to dress respectfully, and cover your shoulders and legs – both men and women. You are, however, not allowed to take pictures inside.
  • One of the most georgeous places in riga
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