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Dome Square and Cathedral
Riga Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Riga Cathedral congregation’s church, a venue of ecumenical services and one of Riga’s organ music centers containing historical, architectural, cultural and artistic heritage of various centuries.
Dome Square is the largest square in the Old Town. It is deemed to be the heart of the city as all activities meet here, flowing in from seven streets like seven arteries. The square has seen many events significant to Latvia in the past 20 years. The square has a marked point where you can stand and see all three golden cockerels on top of Old Town's churches. The square itself is surrounded by buildings from the 19th and early 20th century.
Dome Square is surrounded by several architectural monuments: Riga Dome Cathedral and Riga's first Eclecticism-style building — Riga Bourse House (architector Harald Bose) — on the corner of Jēkaba iela.
The development of Dome Square started in the late 19th century when several buildings were razed here to open view on the entrance portals of Riga Dome Cathedral. In 1885 the Square acquired its present name. The construction was finished in 1936, when the Square acquired its present features.