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After seeing the Laima clock, I strolled through Old Town Riga to see the sights.  First stop on the list – St. John’s Church. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt’s a large church, as most of the churches in Riga seem to be.  They don’t build them like this anymore.  SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe church is impressive in size, and it is beautiful inside.  It has old world charm.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAt the same time, it brings a visitor back to an older time when religion ruled the roost because it was the only thing in society that provided any stability.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAs I’ve visited different churches, it’s been interesting to see the pulpits.  They come in a variety of sizes and with a variety of ornamentation.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe other interesting thing in old churches is the organ.  They are large beautiful instruments that sound beautiful – heavenly.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe ceilings are interesting too.  Especially since these churches draw your attention heavenward when you walk into them.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFrom WikipediaSt. 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.