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Nativity of Christ Cathedral in Riga

April 5, 2016

The Nativity Church is the biggest orthodox cathedral in Riga. It is a beautiful building, inside and out, but here are some things you may wish to keep in mind before you visit:

No pictures inside.

The Nativity Church is a magnificent building, especially inside. The walls and ceiling are decorated with colourful religious art and I know it might be temping to take a quick picture, but be respectful and resist. Besides, the lack of pictures of the inside makes this place more intriguing and special, knowing that only the people who have been there have seen what it looks like. Don’t ruin that for others.Dress Modestly.

Ladies, keep your heads covered. A simple scarf can do the trick, if you don’t have a scarf, one will be provided for you as you enter. Everyone should keep in mind that shorts, short sleeves or short skirts might not be appropriate either so dress modestly.Be Respectful.

As an atheist, I sometimes have to fight the urge to follow rules, especially ones I find degrading or misogynistic, but keep in mind that these are values people hold dear to them and it’s important to be polite and respectful, especially in a country that isn’t your own. You don’t want the locals to get a bad impression of tourists.

That being said, I’d definitely recommend visiting the Nativity Church in Riga. Even if Church’s aren’t your thing, it’s a beautiful building with an interesting insight into Latvian culture.

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