After seeing the Laima clock, I strolled through Old Town Riga to see the sights. First stop on the list – St. John’s Church. It’s a large church, as most of the churches in Riga seem to be. They don’t build them like this anymore. The church is impressive in size, and it is beautiful inside. It has old world charm.
From Wikipedia – St. John’s Church (Latvian: 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 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 palace of Bishop Albert of Riga (thirteenth century). In 1234 Dominican friars took responsibility for the original small chapel and dedicated it to St 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.