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Riga Nativity of Christ Cathedral, Riga

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The Neo-Byzantine Riga 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 Riga Nativity of Christ Cathedral and beyond, use our Riga itinerary builder to get the most from your Riga vacation.
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  • From the outside is't already a beautiful building but on the inside it's even more beautiful. to bad we weren't allowed to take pictures.  more »
  • Marvellous chruch to visit with its golden domes and bright paintings inside. This is a must place to visit. Note - take your photos outside as you won't be allowed any inside the church.  more »
  • Beautiful from the inside and the outside. Don't miss, I find that it's worth more so than other more famous churches of the city.
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  • This is a beautiful orthodox cathedral. The all area is idyllic. Take time to contemplate it both from inside and outside. Once inside be aware this is an Orthodox church, actually a Cathedral, specially in cathedrals orthodox are very strict, don't try to do it the easy way, you will be pushed out and you will disturb people that are praying. Orthodox churches are just like the Catholic but even more, observe complete silence, women should cover the head, man should wear trousers, avoid sandals. Don't even think about taking fotos, that's a really no go. In a small empty church ask first, in a Cathedral don't even ask it will be refused. Enjoy the mystical ambiance of the church, it is a great experience.
  • 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.
  • A very beautiful orthodox cathedral that has been recently renovated. Just to be on the safe and respectful side - ladies, cover your heads before entering.
  • 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.