St. Saviour's Church, Riga

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St. Saviour's Church, Riga
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Basic information
LocationRiga, Latvia
Geographic coordinates56°56′59″N 24°06′07″E / 56.949714°N 24.101919°E / 56.949714; 24.101919Coordinates: 56°56′59″N 24°06′07″E / 56.949714°N 24.101919°E / 56.949714; 24.101919
AffiliationChurch of England
DistrictDiocese in Europe
Year consecrated1859
Leadershipthe Right Reverend Jāna Jēruma-Grīnberga
WebsiteAnglican Church in Riga
Architectural description
Architect(s)Johann Felsko
Architectural typeChurch
Architectural styleVictorian Gothic
Completed1859
MaterialsBrick

St. Saviour's Church (Latvian: Anglikāņu Sv. Pestītāja baznīca) is an Anglican church in Riga, Latvia at Anglikanu iela 2. It is located in the north of the old town centre (Vecrīga), close to Riga Castle and the banks of the Daugava River.

The neo-Gothic church was designed by Johann Felsko. The foundation stone was laid in 1857 and the church was dedicated on 26 July 1859. Church use was halted during the Soviet occupation, and in 1973 it became the home of the Riga Polytechnic Institute student club.

After Latvia regained its independence in 1991, an English-speaking congregation was again formed under the guidance of Lutheran Pastor Arden Haug. In 1995 the Latvian-born Reverend Dr Juris Calitis became the pastor of a growing congregation. Jāna Jēruma-Grīnberga was installed as priest-in-charge in October 2014, succeeding Cālītis.[1]

The church operates a soup kitchen for homeless people in the undercroft,[2] and supports a club for the elderly (Senioru klubs).

Historical records are held in London Metropolitan Archives.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://eurobishop.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/st-saviours-riga-welcomes-their-new.html
  2. ^ "Our Activities". Anglican Riga. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  3. ^ British Church, Riga at www.aim25.ac.uk

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