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After I walked through Vermanes Garden, I headed over to Nativity Cathedral.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt’s the Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in Riga.  To say that it was beautiful is an understatement.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe structure is large and sits in a park, so there is little else around it, except for trees.  SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESUnfortunately, photography inside of the cathedral is prohibited.  Let’s just say that like most old Orthodox cathedrals, it is ornate, beautiful, and focuses your attention heaven-ward.  SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAnother little fun fact about the cathedral from the tourist map that I had:  “The construction of this cathedral was completed in 1884.  During Soviet times, it was converted into a planetarium and cafeteria called ‘God’s ear.’  It has since been transformed into a fancy golden masterpiece for worshippers and visitors alike.  SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES