St. James's Cathedral, Riga

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St. James's Cathedral, or the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, is the Roman Catholic cathedral of Riga in Latvia. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint James the Greater. The building is part of the Old Riga UNESCO World Heritage Site and lies directly opposite the House of the Livonian Noble Corporation, the meeting place of Latvia's parliament the Saeima.The church is sometimes misleadingly called St. Jacob's. The confusion arises because English, unlike almost every other language, uses different names for the Old Testament name Jacob and the New Testament name James.HistoryThe church building was dedicated in 1225. It was not originally a cathedral since the Rīgas Doms served that function. At the beginning of the 15th century the Holy Cross Chapel was built at the south end of the early Gothic church, and part of the church was transformed into a basilica.In 1522 during the Protestant Reformation the building became the second German language Lutheran church in Riga. In 1523 it became the first Latvian language Lutheran church there.
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  • This church is one of the oldest churches in Riga. The oldest parts are from 1225. In 1522, the church became the first church in Latvia to hold a Lutheran service. Later during a brief spell...  more »
  • St James Cathedral a Roman Catholic Cathedral is close to Dome Cathedral which Trip Advisor does not seem to have. it is dedicated to St James It is in the Old Town of Riga and opposite Latvia's...  more »
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  • Very beautiful church. One of the oldest churches and places in town. Very beautiful interior and style. Open to the public for free viewing. Souvenir shop inside selling some nice stuff. Located right next to the parliament.
  • A monument of great architecture dedicate to Saint James the Greater. It is a Roman Catholic church and is part of UNESCO World Heritage. A beautiful altar and 2 big wonderful paintings inside the church made this church to be visited.

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