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. Using our international travel planner, Riga attractions like Riga Nativity of Christ Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Almost breathtaking exterior with gold cupolas shining in the sun. It looks absolutely amazing. The inside is nice enough but is a sort of bland icon filled space. I know I'm making it sound worse tha...  more »
  • This temple built under Russian domination, we loved it. The interior is super decorated, and there are many frescos.
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  • Amazing dome exterior and was curious. Went straight into an evening mass, and some get the following liturgy. Several "tourists" were bystanders. Music, song and liturgy gave a special feel to it also to a non-believer. Amazing dome interior with giant painting. Great quiet and medtitativ experience.
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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.
  • 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.

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