St. John's Church (Svētā Jāņa Evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca) is a Lutheran church in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It is a parish church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia. The church is situated at the address 24 Skārņu Street.Add St. John's Church to your Riga travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Riga tour planner.
The church is dedicated to St John the Baptist and contains several art works related to the saint, including a large painting on the north side of the crossing, and a stained glass window depicting the saint, to the right (south) of the high altar. The window, with others, was installed around 1900.
The church is built on the site of the bishop's palace of Albert of Riga (thirteenth century). In 1234 Dominican friars took responsibility for the original small chapel and dedicated it to John the Baptist. It was extended around 1330, and continued as a Dominican chapel and parish church until 1523, and the Reformation. It continued as a parish church of the reformed Evangelical Lutheran Church. From 1587 there was further expansion of the church, in stages. The church suffered severe damage in Riga's great city fire of 31 May 1677, but was repaired, with a new spire added.
The church is an active place of worship, with more than a thousand registered members, and public worship every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. It is also a popular tourist venue, and is regularly open to visitors when guides are available. The church is also used as a concert venue, due to its large size and good acoustic properties.
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Never have we been treated with such rudeness and cruelty. Had it not been Christmas Eve and not in the mood to waste our precious vacation time, I didn’t make a complaint with the authorities. All..... more »
One of three tall churches in the old city, and what a stunner it is! The clock tower and the views of the city from up there, just breathtaking! An absolute gem in a city that has so much charm! more »
A simple, yet elegant church with organ of course. Purchased a ticket to hear, Olga Pjatigorska a soprano sing Ave Maria accompanied by organist Jolanta Barinska. 15 Euro per person. Cash only accepted. The concerts begins at 19:00. Tickets are available at the door from 18:00 on.
Wonderful spiritual place very descent with rich cultural musical life
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