The Nativity of Christ Cathedral (Latvian: Kristus Piedzimšanas pareizticīgo katedrāle, Russian: Христорождественский кафедральный собор), Riga, Latvia was built to a design by Nikolai Chagin and Robert Pflug in a Neo-Byzantine style between 1876 and 1883, with decorations made by the firm of August Volz, during the period when the country was part of the Russian Empire. It is the largest Orthodox cathedral in the Baltic provinces built with the blessing of the Russian Tsar Alexander II on the initiative of local governor-general Pyotr Bagration and bishop Veniamin Karelin. The Nativity of Christ Cathedral is renowned for its icons, some of which were painted by Vasili Vereshchagin. During the First World War German troops occupied Riga and turned its largest Russian Orthodox cathedral into a Lutheran church. In independent Latvia, the Nativity of Christ Cathedral once again became an Orthodox cathedral in 1921. Archbishop Jānis Pommers, a native Latvian, played a key part in the defence of the cathedral, including defence from the Latvian government which was extremely unfriendly to Orthodox Church in the first years of an independent Latvia. In the early 1960s, Soviet authorities closed down the cathedral and converted its building into a planetarium. The cathedral has been restored since Latvia regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
|Monday||7:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Tuesday||7:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Wednesday||7:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Thursday||7:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Friday||7:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Saturday||7:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Sunday||6:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
a x24 | Oct 14, 2017
This church as a building is not bad but the nuns are witches .Don't talk don't touch don't take photos don't wear shorts. I saw one of the nuns holding a woman back. I was even too scared to sit down.
Andrea Accalai | Dec 30, 2017
Very nice church, place that you can not miss if you come in riga, really impressive
Hugo bellem westin | Jul 13, 2017
A memorizing cathedral in Russian orthodox style. It's looks different from other churches in Riga and I would recommend visiting it. The outside looks kind of nice but the inside has really beautiful wall paintings. A shame that taking pictures inside is prohibited.
Q V | Oct 3, 2017
Very impressive church, in a russian orthodox style. You cannot take pictures inside of the Church, but the outside is very beautiful.
Cam Graves | Jul 28, 2017
Visually appealing from the outside, however "no shorts" so "NO ENTRY" for me. Also, no photographs permitted inside, so some of the photos shown here have been sneaky ones. That rule is always disappointing.
Sa Pr | Mar 25, 2018
Built between 1876 and 1883 during the period when the country was part of the Russian Empire. In the early 1960s, Soviet authorities converted the temple into a planetarium. The cathedral has been restored since Latvia regained independence. The entrance for visitors is free and currently is an active orthodox church.
Sanka Illangakoon | Mar 22, 2018
A beautiful church located close to the freedom monument. This church has a strict dress code and no photo policy so visitors need to respect this before going in. Highly recommend a visit.
Garry Oconnor | Apr 23, 2018
Beautiful cathedral that is well worth having a look around . Fabulous on the outside and very peaceful inside and a nice bit of time out .
Paul Graves | Jun 6, 2018
Pretty church, just nothing like the church of the spilled blood. No photos are allowed to be taken inside. Nearly got thrown out for these. Quite rude actually.
Frédéric P. | May 21, 2018
Beautiful. But you can’t take photos. Of course there is a shop inside where you can buy postcard 😉
Chamara Wijesinghe | Jul 13, 2018
There's a nice bird's eye view of this church from the skyline bar if Raddison hotel. The golden domes looks beautiful from there. But when you go to the church itself it's not the most impressive. Active church and no photographs are allowed inside. Inside is just a typical orthodox church interior.
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