Riga Cathedral

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Riga Cathedral
The Cathedral of Saint Mary

Riga Cathedral with Riga Castle and Daugava River in the background
Riga Cathedral is located in Riga
Riga Cathedral
Riga Cathedral
56°56′57″N 24°6′16″E / 56.94917°N 24.10444°E / 56.94917; 24.10444Coordinates: 56°56′57″N 24°6′16″E / 56.94917°N 24.10444°E / 56.94917; 24.10444
Location Riga
Country Latvia
Denomination Lutheran
Previous denomination Roman Catholic
Website Cathedral Website
Roof-level view from the southwest, taken from vintage picture postcard
This article is about the Evangelical Lutheran cathedral of Riga. See other articles for the Roman Catholic cathedral and the Orthodox cathedral.

Riga Cathedral (Latvian: Rīgas Doms) is the Evangelical Lutheran cathedral in Riga, Latvia. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Riga.

The Latvian word doms, an archaic term for cathedral (similar to Italian duomo), is often mistranslated in English as dom or dome.

It is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Latvia, and is featured in or the subject of paintings, photographs and television travelogues.

History and architecture[edit]

A plaque marking Lutheran church property at Rīgas Doms (Riga Lutheran cathedral), Herdera laukums 6.

Built near the River Daugava in 1211 by Livonian Bishop Albert of Riga, it is considered the largest medieval church in the Baltic states. It has undergone many modifications in the course of its history.

David Caspari was rector of the cathedral school in the late 17th century. His son Georg Caspari also served at the cathedral.

Pipe Organ[edit]

The organ of the Riga Cathedral was built by E.F. Walcker & Sons[1] in 1882–83, and was inaugurated on 31 January 1884. It has four manuals and one pedalboard. It plays 116 voices, 124 stops, 144 ranks, and 6718 pipes. It includes 18 combinations and General Crescendo.[2]

A tape of composer Lūcija Garūta playing the organ for a cantata during World War II captured the sound of battle outside Riga Dom.[3]

Boys choir[edit]

The Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir has performed internationally, recording the Riga Mass by Uģis Prauliņš and other works.[4]


  1. ^ Gerhard Walcker-Mayer Riga Cathedral organ as viewed by Walcker March 2003
  2. ^ Magle, Frederik. "The Walcker Organ in Riga Cathedral". Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  3. ^ Strimple, Nick (2005). Choral Music in the Twentieth Century. 
  4. ^ Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir

See Also[edit]

List of cathedrals in Latvia

External links[edit]