Dome Cathedral


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The Dome Cathedral is the most important Lutheran church in Latvia and the seat of Archbishop of Riga. Together with neighbouring Dome Square it is the central place in the city.

The church was built in 1211 by Archbishop Albert, but not much preserved from Romanesque building. The biggest extension had place in 14th - 15th century, and from then the general shape of the church is the same. Only the tower was rebuilt in 1775, shortening it to the present day height (in 15th century the tower reach 140 meters, but was partially destroyed by a fire). The last major reconstruction finished in 1914.
The Dome Cathedral is considered the biggest Medieval church of all Baltic States, and it is well known for its 19th century organs. They have almost seven thousand pipes, from various material – wooden, tin and lead, and shape - the smallest are 13 millimeters, the tallest – 10 meters. At the moment organs are under restoration, but they are still used on some concerts.

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