Saint John's Church, Riga

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St. John's Church (Svētā Jāņa Evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca) is a Lutheran church in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It is a parish church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia. The church is situated at the address 24 Skārņu Street.DedicationThe church is dedicated to St John the Baptist and contains several art works related to the saint, including a large painting on the north side of the crossing, and a stained glass window depicting the saint, to the right (south) of the high altar. The window, with others, was installed around 1900.HistoryThe church is built on the site of the bishop's palace of Albert of Riga (thirteenth century). In 1234 Dominican friars took responsibility for the original small chapel and dedicated it to John the Baptist. It was extended around 1330, and continued as a Dominican chapel and parish church until 1523, and the Reformation. It continued as a parish church of the reformed Evangelical Lutheran Church. From 1587 there was further expansion of the church, in stages. The church suffered severe damage in Riga's great city fire of 31 May 1677, but was repaired, with a new spire added.Current useThe church is an active place of worship, with more than a thousand registered members, and public worship every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. It is also a popular tourist venue, and is regularly open to visitors when guides are available. The church is also used as a concert venue, due to its large size and good acoustic properties.
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  • August 11, 2017
    I loved this church, it is more peaceful than St. Peter's, it is the oldest one in Riga and has amazingly beautiful interiors with such a nice ceiling and good information posters around. Be sure to p...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Its a beautiful historic church. If youre into old churches, you'll definitely like this plainer type Baltic style church. Lots of good architecture  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Went to free organ concert, check beforehand. Music from 18:00 just 1 time, organ back to listened to. Service is good and also a famous piano piece. After playing the player appears in the greeting. Was clear a organ concert in the Cathedral. From 1 Euro donation.
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  • August 25, 2015
    A church with an open door, lovely inside and outside.
  • March 3, 2011
    This is my favourite church in Riga. Interesting to go up to the top of the church and see the marvelous view over the City of Riga.
  • April 2, 2017
    Inside is a white Church
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  • November 20, 2015
    Very beautiful!
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