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Riga Nativity of Christ Cathedral, Riga

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Church Tourist Spot
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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  • I was not planning to visit this particular church, but while I was wondering around the city of Riga, I came across to it by accident. It looks magnificent and well-maintained from the outside with s...  more »
  • What a stunning buliding and inside didn't disappoint. The painted fresco's on the ceiling were stunning. The golden artifacts inside were amazing. There was beautiful singing as you went inside.  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral to visit - free entry. Note that women are asked to cover their heads so come prepared with some sort of scarf  more »
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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.
  • Wonderful monument all in gold. A must see for architecture and Orthodox Religions fans.
  • Very beautiful church, mesmerizing architecture, at walkable distance from city center. Also lush green gardens by the side.
  • "Shorts not allowed" lol
  • 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.