St Peter's Lutheran Church

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St Peter's Lutheran Church information

Rīga , Latvia
Skārņu iela 19
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admission 4Ls
Opening hours
11am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Rīga’s skyline centrepiece is this Gothic church, thought to be around 800 years old. Don’t miss the view from the spire, which has been rebuilt three times in the same baroque form. Legend has it that in 1667 the builders threw glass from the top to see how long the spire would last; a greater number of shards meant a very long life. The glass ended up landing on a pile of straw and didn’t break – a year later the tower was incinerated. When the spire was resurrected after a bombing during WWII, the ceremonial glass chucking was repeated, and this time it was a smash hit. The spire is 123.25m, but the lift only whisks you up to 72m.