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Ikskile church ruins on the St Meinard island
Canon Meinard of the Augustinian Order of Segeberg monastery of the town of Holstein started to build a church in Ikskile in 1184. Until the foundation of Riga in 1201 the church was the seat of the Bishop of Livonia, thoroughly rebuilt from 1879 - 1881, destroyed in 1916.
Now there is a 10 m high cross (artists E.Samovics) and a stone altar (sculptor J.Karlovs) on the island. For the purpose of conservation the ruins were covered with metal in 2002.
You can get baptised, married and receive other sacrament in the first holy place in Latvia on St Meinard island.
To visit the Ikskile church ruins the island can be reached by boat and a ferry. Boats - 29294478
In summer, when the water level in Riga Hydroelectric Power Station is lowered, you can also reach the island by foot.