St. Peter's Church
With a picturesque spire that marks one of the most striking features of the Riga skyline, St. Peter’s Church is one of the most impressive buildings in the Latvian capital. Towering high above the Riga Old Town, the church has a long and fascinating history which places it at the top of any must-see list for visitors.
St. Peter’s Church is one of the many exceptional attractions found within walking distance of the superior Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga. Visitors will find the church is not only one of the finest sights in the city – it also provides many of Riga’s most breath-taking views.
A history of ups and downs
The first mention of St. Peter’s Church came in 1209 and over its long history the building has seen its share of changes. The church has been altered on several occasions to reflect different architectural styles, leaving the building with a unique blend of Romanesque and Baroque styles. However some of the architectural changes have not been made by choice.
The iconic tower that rises above the church collapsed in 1666. It was rebuilt over the next ten years, finally being completed in 1677. Unfortunately fire struck the city in that year and again the tower came down. Another renovation was started but in 1721 lightning struck the tower and the ensuing fire destroyed the tower once more and another rebuild was required.
Taking in the views
The tower was damaged once more in 1941 but since then it has been fully rebuilt and renovated to include a 70 metre elevator. This transports visitors to a viewing platform which offers unparalleled views of Riga.
From the St. Peter’s tower viewing platform visitors can see the location of the Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga just a short distance away. The premier hotel accommodation in Riga offers the contemporary style and comfort which perfectly complements a trip to this historic city.