The Golden Domes of Riga
|Orthodox Cathedral - Riga|
Of course, the golden domes tell everyone that this is a Russian Orthodox Church. After living in St. Petersburg, that is easy for us to define with the Russian style architecture. This cathedral was built between 1876 and 1883 when Latvia was a part of the Russian Empire under the reign of Tsar Alexander II.
This is the largest Orthodox Church in the entire Baltic area. A massive tower rises toward the sky when a visitor approaches the front door.
The wall above the side altar was covered in images also, but the golden altar drew the eyes of visitors instead of the wall images.
The iconostasis in any Orthodox Church was where the main ornamentation was found. This wall of icons, or pictures of the saints, divide the main part of the cathedral from the altar. In the middle of the iconostasis are doors that open only during a service. The worshippers can then see the altar where the Eucharist is kept.
|Golden icon of Mary and Jesus|
Since this cathedral is named the Nativity of Christ, I wasn't surprised to see a golden framed icon of Mary holding the baby Jesus. Most of the picture was gold inlaid, but parts of Mary and Jesus were even raised for almost a 3-D effect. It was truly beautiful.
This visit to the Orthodox Cathedral was truly worth it. It's the most beautifully ornamented building that I've seen in Riga.
Information taken from Wikipedia.org -Cathedral-of-the-Nativity-of-Christ