- Nativity Cathedral, Riga
The Nativity of Christ Cathedral in 2007
Coordinates: Location Riga Country Latvia Denomination Eastern Orthodox
- This article is about the Orthodox cathedral of Riga. See other articles for the Lutheran cathedral and the Roman Catholic cathedral.
The Nativity of Christ Cathedral (Latvian: Kristus Piedzimšanas pareizticīgo katedrāle) , Riga, Latvia was built to a design by Nikolai Chagin in a Neo-Byzantine style between 1876 and 1883, 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, although the new government tried to force the change of the liturgy language into Latvian. Archbishop Jānis Pommers, a native Latvian, played a key part in the defence of the cathedral. 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.
Riga cityscape Buildings HotelsGrand Palace • Radisson Blu Daugava Monuments & memorials Parks & gardensVērmanes Garden Places of worship StructuresIsland Bridge • Radio and TV Tower • Railway Bridge • Southern Bridge • Stone Bridge • Vanšu Bridge Tourist attractions Waterways Places of worship in Riga Lutheran churches: Catholic churches: Orthodox churches:All Saints • Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady • Ascension • Christ the Saviour • Holy Archangel Mikhail • Holy Trinity • Holy Trinity Cathedral • Icon of Our Lady of Kazanha • Nativity Cathedral • St. Alexander Nevsky • St. John the Precursor • St. Peter and St. Paul • St. Sergius of Radonezh • Shelter of Our Most Holy Lady • Revelation of Christ Old Believers place of worship:Grebenstchikov House of Prayer
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