Temporary Riga photos are being published not in a regular manner due to blog author has moved to Vilnius.

Catholic King Church


Kristus Karaļa Romas katoļu baznīca (Christ the King Church) was completed in 1942.
The King's church was the last step of trisecting of Transfiguration Church, which was home for all three most popular confessions in Latvia - Lutherans, Orthodox and Catholics.

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Bolderāja Lutheran Church


Bolderājas Evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca (Bolderaja Lutheran Church) was built in 1875 and burnt in 1973.
Wooden building was rebuilt in 1995 as the only Lutheran church in Northwestern Riga.

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Rising Orthodox Church


Today is Easter Sunday for Orthodox Christians. Christ is Risen!
There is an interesting phenomenon in Latvia, despite that religion is becoming weaker worldwide, religion in Latvia is getting more popular, stronger and affecting people's everyday life more than before.
On the picture: a continued bulding of new Orthodox Church in Daugavgriva. Two cupolas are still on the ground.

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Konventhof

Konventhof
Konventa sēta (Convent Yard) aka Konventhof is a quiet area in the middle of Old Town.
Formerly it was a fortified area and the residence of the Sword Brothers Brotherhood.
On the picture is the wall of the building, which has written chronicles of Konventa seta and Riga

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Rīgas Sv. Trīsvienības evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca (Riga Holy Trinity Evangelic Lutheran Church) is located in Sarkandaugava borough on the hill and surrounded by territories of the former cemetery.
It was built in 1878 as separate church for Lutherans living in Sarkandaugava, because before all three major confessions in Riga (Lutheran, Orthodox and Catholic) were meeting in a small wooden church, which was unacceptable for the most of the people living at that time.

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Brāļu Kapi

Bralu Kapi
Brāļu Kapi (Brothers' Cemetery) is a military cemetery in Ciekurkalns area, which is the last home for more than 2000 soldiers who had fought for the independence of Latvia between 1915 and 1920.
Cemetery was officially opened only in 1936, when grand memorial structures and garden decorations were ready.

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Sarkandaugava Chapel

Sarkandaugava Chapel
Chapel at Lielo kalnu kapi (Cemetery of the Great Hill) in Sarkandaugava neighbourhood.
It was built along with Lutheran cemetery in 70s of the 19th century.

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Armenian Church


St. George's Armenian Orthodox Church (Սուրբ Գրիգոր Լուսավորիչ եկեղեցի or Церковь Сурб Григор Лусаворич) was built in 1997.
This is the third largest branch of Orthodox Christians living in Latvia, after Russian Orthodox and Old Believers.
The church is located between Maskavas and Krasta streets, behind Mols Shopping center.

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St John's Cathedral

St.John's Orthodox Cathedral
Православный кафедральный собор Св. Иоанна Предтечи or Sv. Jāņa Priekšteča pareizticīgo katedrāle (St. John the Baptist Orthodox Cathedral) is located in Maskavas Forstate.
Initial building was the reassembled wooden All Saints church in 1883, which got new name of St. John the Baptist.
There is no clear information when the brick building with onion domes was built, but it was somewhere between 1911 and 1923.

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Dubulti Lutheran Church

Dubulti Lutheran Church
Dubultu evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca (Dubulti Evangelic Lutheran Church) was built in 1909 in the place of old wooden prayer house, which was here, at Baznicas iela, since 1851.
26 meters (85 ft) tall tower with clock is one of the most notable sights in Jurmala town.
Happy Easter.

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Transfiguration Church

Transfiguration Church
Храм Преображения Господня or Kristus apskaidrošanas pareizticīgo baznīca (Orthodox Church of Transfiguration) is located on the border between Sarkandaugava and Mezaparks neighbourhoods.
Church of Transfiguration was built in 1890 in the place of former multi-religious church for Catholics (moved to King's Church in 1942), Lutherans (moved to Trinity church) and Orthodox (stayed here).

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Rest in Peace

Pleskodales Kapi
Pleskodāles Kapi (Pleskodale Cemetery) was established by Martina baznica in 1881 as result of tension with Sveta Jana Baznica for the right to perform requiem service.
Before 1881 Marina baznica didn't have that right in order to keep high profit of Sveta Jana Baznica.
The cemetery is still active and performing burial of Lutheran and Catholic believers.
The procedure's price is not less than 1000 EUR per body and may rise up to several thousands.
The picture was taken today after heavy snowfall this morning. It is still winter in Riga.

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Mateja baznīca

Mateja baznica
Rīgas Mateja baptistu baznīca (Riga St. Matthew Baptist Church) is one of 83 Baptist churches in Latvia.
Baptist movement is a relatively old branch from Anglican Church. Interesting fact is that Baptists churches are very autonomous and decentralized, hence they differ widely from one another in what they believe.
The only common custom for all baptists is that believer get baptized only in adult age and because of its own will.
The building itself was built in 1902 on Matthew street in neo-romanticism architecture style.

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Klostera iela

Klostera iela
Klostera iela (Monastery street) is 180 meters long street in Old Town, lying next to Latvian Parliament.
During the last century this street had different names like Muzeju iela and Vestures iela.
Klostera street is also address of Magdalene's Church

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Women's Monastery

Womens Monastery
Рижский женский монастырь Св. Сергия or Rīgas Sv. Trijādības Sergija sieviešu klosteris (Riga St. Trinity Sergius Women's Orthodox Monastery) was opened in 1894.
Despite it is located in the very center of Riga, on Kr Barona street, only few know that it does exist.
Monastery is hidden behind the thick trees and modest wooden fence next to Holy Trinity Cathedral.
I guess it is very calm and sacred place protected by the most tallest walls in the center.
It is hard to believe that in the middle of vainglorious and lascivious city some people can keep a vow.

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Saint Albert's Catholic Church


Rīgas Svētā Alberta baznīca (Riga St. Albert's Roman Catholic Church) is built on Liepajas iela in 1901, in the year when Riga became 700 years old.
I guess it is named after Bishop Albert, the founder of Riga, although he was never canonized.
Saint Albert's church is the biggest Catholic church in Latvia, it is crowned with baroque towers.
Regular divine services are in Latvian and Polish languages.

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Krusta Luteriskā baznīca

Krusta Luteriska Baznica
Rīgas Krusta Evaņģēliski Luteriskā baznīca (Riga Cross Evangelic Lutheran Church) is located in Teika.
The building was completed in 1909 and the first worship service was held one year later.

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Marijas Magdalēnas baznīca

Marijas Magdalenas baznica
Rīgas svētās Marijas Magdalēnas katoļu baznīca (St. Mary Magdalene's Church, Riga) was initially built in 1260. The church is situated at the addresses 4 Klostera iela and 2 Maza Pils iela in Old town.
During centuries church was several times devastated and served to different confessions. initially it was Catholic church, since 1639 it was Lutheran church and since 1710 it was Orthodox church. Finally in 1922 new Latvian government transferred possession back to Catholics.
Nowadays it is surrounded by many buildings, so it is impossible to take picture of the whole church.

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Svētā Jēkaba katedrāle

Sveta Jekaba Katedrale
Svētā Jēkaba Romas katoļu katedrāle (Saint Jacob Roman Catholic Church) is a Catholic Cathedral of Latvia. In other words this is a church that contains the seat of a bishop.
On top of that, this church is one of the main Riga sights and one of the old town landscape towers.

See also Lutheran Cathedral and Orthodox Cathedral.

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Svētā Pāvila luteriskā baznīca

Sveta Pavila Luteriska Baznica
Svētā Pāvila evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca (St. Paul's Lutheran Church) was built in 1887.
This is Protestant church or how is more popular in Nordic countries - Lutheran church.

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