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St. Peter's Church, Riga

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Religious Site
St. Peter's Church represents one of the oldest and most valuable monuments of medieval architecture in the Baltic states. This Lutheran church, part of the Old Town's historic center, is listed as a World Heritage Site. Nazi Germans bombed the church during World War II, and the Soviets completed the destruction after the war. It wasn't rebuilt until 1983. The church hall houses exhibits and concerts, and the observation deck at the top of the tower offers a view of the entire city. Make St. Peter's Church a part of your Riga vacation plans using our Riga trip itinerary builder.
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  • The ticket incl. lift on the Tower fails with EUR 9 record. This is measured by the average income of the Latvians - a fortune. One can only hope that locals have to not pay that. First leads the way to the lift over 3 floors felt steps upwards. The lift is every 10 minutes, because not too much space up on the observation deck, that there are more than 20 people can be. The view is terrific on a beautiful day.
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  • Beautiful church, but overtime the view from the top of the bell tower that will scale with a comfortable lift. Dress warmly: the wind is rushing!
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  • The highest Church of Riga did not miss. Even if you have no guide, no Google maps, you will find yourself about it the natural order of things, along with the flow of tourists. The Cathedral, which we see ourselves is far from original. The reason for this is simple-turbulent history of Riga and beach-fires. The first mention of the Peterkirche refers to the year 1209. It was then the main, because the Cathedral did not yet exist. The townspeople used the Church as for its intended purpose and for military purposes-in the year 1297 roofs they bombarded the castle of the Teutonic order. Cathedral looked differently then he had a patrol Tower and freestanding Bell Tower. At the beginning of the 15th century was rebuilt a new Bell Tower. However, further to the start all sorts of misadventures. Apparently the celestial patronage in this case did not work perfectly. In the year 1666 new 136-meter Tower collapsed and fell on a nearby House, killing everyone who was there. Here fans of Numerology can write off everything a Satanic three six, forgetting about preceded them will. Hardworking rigans Bell Tower was rebuilt. Exactly that in 1677, it burned down along with the rest of the Cathedral and the Centre Premises to boot. So the figure "7" also proved to be unhappy. Riga again rebuilt by Peter. Even the Cathedral survived the siege and capture of Riga by Russian troops in 1710 during the great northern war. And only the townspeople translated spirit as lightning struck the tower and burned it to become meaningless. It happened in the year 1721 and kind of like myself.
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  • The cathedral is beautiful. We arrived on time to do a slow visit. But as we were at the glass door that gives access to the church interior we were scream by the employee that they were closed, the lady express facial reprehension almost disgust for having more visitors. As the door is of glass we tried to contemplate the church interior from outside. More visitors arrived and the lady expressed itself in the some way making gestures "go away", also because we were there. More than imagining that we misread the opening hours on the guide , we were perplexed by the rude acting of the state employee. Actually the closed 1:30 early, we just did't reply to the lady, but another visitor advised that it was summer time. She got even more annoyed and one could see she was swearing. How rude!
  • The church is beautiful and used to have the tallest wooden tower in Latvia. You can take an elevator to the top for some good views of Riga but in my opinion there are better places that offer good views and are free (here it's 7 euros entrance fee for students and 9 for adults).
  • Must pay to visit it. 3€ first floor or 9€ to go up to the tower. Entrance staff could be nicer.
  • Great view from the top and it had a small but cool galarie inside. Recommend!
  • Looks good, but the 3€ entrance and 9€ lift ticket is not worth it. It's probably the biggest church in Riga. So if you want to see good looking churches and towers, go to the neighboring Vilnius. There, the entrance is free and you just donate whatever amount you like.