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St. Mary's Dome Cathedral

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Address: Doma laukums 1, Riga 1050, Latvia
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+371 67 227 573
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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First completed in 1270 as a bishop's cathedral, this magnificent building...

First completed in 1270 as a bishop's cathedral, this magnificent building features a large organ (circa 1884) that boasts 6,768 pipes, making it one of the biggest in the world.

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Great but nog the best.

It is a church like most othe big churches in europe. The only special is the organ that is one of the oldest and best preserved in europe.

Reviewed 24 April 2017
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Nuenen, The Netherlands
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359 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW

Due to hard times the churches here are still in recon struction, so intersting, no wow. But the organ is superb. Go to a half an hour concert on a Monday.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We really came to hear the organ recital which was beautiful though I thought overpriced for it's length. However we enjoyed the viewing of the church and cloisters although we thought it strange that this area was full of ancient cannons.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't let the title deter you - this is still a fine building to enter and admire. Nice stained glass. Do take the time to explore the cloisters - you will be rewarded with a large collection of (mostly) metal items of all sorts - old church spires, cannons, even an Art Nouveau Metal sliding Lift door.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Impressive building, the largest church in the Baltics. Don't miss the glass paintings. Unfortunately, the organ was not visible due to repairs.

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This cathedral is very nice but don't miss the courtyard which is a highlight. There are unusual things, such as fragments and sculptures displayed here, so it is more than just the church.

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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful cathedral in the center of the city looks very impressive. One of the oldest organ inside cathedral strongly recommended to listen. Try to catch concert with vocal it sounds great inside this place.

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Epinay-sur-Orge, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Riga's most interesting church, perhaps, but it apparently needs constant restoration, no doubt having been neglected in Soviet times. Some nice windows. The organ is being restored. Don't miss the cloisters, with a mix of pretty useless and highly interesting objects, ranging from grave monuments to cannons and mortars. For the time being, it is the most interesting part of... More 

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a bit disappointed with the outside and then when we realised that we had to pay, decided to give it a miss... we are doing a lot of Baltic towns and cities and this one didn't grab us.... may be worth a visit if you are there for a long time....

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Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

It is a church like most othe big churches in europe. The only special is the organ that is one of the oldest and best preserved in europe.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

The cathedral is very similar to most churches in the city and in the northern Europa. But this is the largest one in the city. It is also beaitiful at night. It doesn't take long time to visit. Even to walk around the exterior is worth to visit if you don't want to visit inside.

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