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Right across the street from St. John’s Church, which is Lutheran, is St. Peter’s Church, which also happens to be Lutheran.

St. Peter's Church, RigaIn our modern age this seems funny and odd – why have two Lutheran church right across the street from each other?  But there were more practical reasons back in the day.  There’s a lot of history with these two churches and the reasons for their existence across the street from each other has changed over time.  I’m just glad to have had the opportunity to see both of these churches.

St. Peter's Church, RigaAs I started my sight-seeing tour of Old Town Riga, I realized something quickly – each church I would see would be bigger than the last one I just saw.  This is certainly true for St. Peter’s Church – it is a larger building than St. John’s.

St. Peter's Church, RigaUnfortunately, St. Peter’s was not open to the public when I came upon it.  I can only imagine how beautiful it must be inside.  I was looking forward to walking in and immediately looking heavenward.  I was looking forward to seeing what the pulpit looked like.  But thems the breaks, as they say.

Front door of St. Peter's Church, RigaIt’s also interesting to look around the courtyards of old churches.  You’ll usually find some interesting statues or other things of interest.  This was certainly true in around St. Peter’s.  In between St. Peter’s and St. John’s I found this:

coutryard of St. Peter's church, RigaI’m not sure what it’s called, but it was interesting.  It’s one of those things that supposedly gives a person good luck if they rub the noses of the animals on it.

It’s that wasn’t odd enough, here’s something else I found:

Horse by St. Peter's church, RigaYeah, not sure what the deal with that was, but it was certainly worth a picture.

St. Peter's Church, Riga