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OLD RIGA OldRiga is a pretty famous place in Europe. There are many cafes, bars, andrestaurants, with very friendly atmosphere. This small part ofthe capital of Latvia will excite you withits charm, hospitality and varietyof entertainment. Our excursionis based on a famous symbol of Old Riga Three Cocks St.Peter s Church, The Dome Church and

St. Jacob s Church.At 10 00 our group will start our tour from The Freedom Monument. The Freedom Monument shows off on Brivibas street. It was built 1931-1935. The Monument of Liberty is an outstanding monument of history, architecture and art. It is a testimony of love and respect of the nation towards its

Motherland and Liberty. It is an interesting fact that the monument was built for the money donated by people. Now we are moving forward to thefirst cock on Skarnu street 19 St. Peter s Church. St. Peter s Church was first mentioned in 1209. From the very beginning it was considered to be the church of Riga s burgers. The height of the church tower and the original view has changed many times it burnt

in fire many times, but was always renovated. The present steeple of the church was renovated in 1971. After lifting up and observing the view from this highest place of Old Riga, our group is goingto our next aim, the second cock-The Dome Church onDome Square 1. The foundation stone of the church was laid in 1211 the church was originally a wooden building. Riga s first Dome was burnt down in 1215.

Due to shortage of well-processed building stone, already in the 20-s of the 13-th century those, who built the church, resorted to brick construction. The church was reconstructed and restored many times. In 1776 the spire of the church acquired its present baroque design. In 1883-1884 in the Dome church there was erected the organ the pride of Riga s dwellers, which was the world s biggest at the moment of erection.

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