St Peter’s Church

 

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One of the oldest churches in Riga was built before 1209 – as an masonry building it survived the great fire of Riga in that year. From this first, 13th century construction only very little parts preserved till nowadays.


Whole 15th century last the rebuilt of the church. It was extended, the tower was added, and the general nowadays shape was marked. In 17th century the second, smaller reconstruction had place – the western façade and the tower changed appearance.
The church three times suffer from a fire. In 1721, about 30 years after finishing of renovation, the lightning destroy the tower and works had to be begin again. The last restoration (also after the fire) finished in 1983. The interesting feature was added – elevator inside the 123 meters steeple. Now visitors can easily reach a view platform.
In 1991 the regular services were resumed but the church often serve as a concert hall or venue of art exhibitions.





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