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St. Mary's Dome Cathedral, Riga

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At St. Mary's Dome Cathedral, see the famous Dome organ--the largest organ in the world at the time of its construction in the late 19th century. Bishop Albert of Riga built the church in the 13th century as archbishop's seat. The rooster on the top of the Baroque clock tower is a guardian of the Christian faith. The largest medieval church in the Baltic states, its appearance has changed many times. Walk around the cloisters to see the original foundations. The church also serves as a concert hall and showcases internationally renowned choirs. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to St. Mary's Dome Cathedral by using our Riga itinerary builder.
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  • The cloister is nice but I find the entry cost disproportionate - I preferred to pay a bit more to enter during the morning's Concerto Piccolo (20 minutes' organ concert) to enjoy a full experience. W...  more »
  • This Catedral is famous with second biggest and oldest organ in Europe. Great Gothic architecture, enjoyed.  more »
  • The Dome Cathedral was and remains a Riga card. Of course, I find the exorbitant price of admission. It is so high that it gives feeling of being a part of compensation that the Latvians claim to the Russians for the Soviet occupation. The course of organ also seem to play Soviet nostalgia. The USSR, there was not a lot of places where you could hear the organ, and the Dome Cathedral was a national hit. Now, with open borders and Catholic churches opened on the post-Soviet space, most of people could become familiar with organ music and see that the organ of the Cathedral is not so fantastic to justify the price. For a similar sum you can attend a full concert almost everywhere, and often it will be better. The price seems to be intended for these Russian tourists who are nostalgic for the Soviet past.
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