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St. Peter's Church

  Reformācijas laukums 1      (+371) 67 18 14 30     more than a year ago
First mentioned in ancient chronicles in 1209, St. Peter's was a Catholic church until 1523, when it turned Lutheran. Its wooden tower, the highest in Europe at that time, was destroyed several times. It first collapsed in 1666 and was rebuilt a year later. To see how long it would last, the builders hurled a glass from the top: the more pieces the vessel broke into, the greater the tower's longevity. Alas, a pile of straw cushioned the glass' fall and the spire burnt down one year later. Artillery fire destroyed the structure again in 1941. In 1973 it was finally rebuilt and the glass ritual was repeated, this time with smashing results. Take the lift to the observation platform for spectacular views of the city.
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Open 10:00-18:00, Sun 12:00-18:00. Closed Mon.

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Admission: church, exhibitions & tower €9 (tickets on sale until 17:00).

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