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View of the old part of Riga from St Peter's church belltower. Not at all original, the tower is on most visitors' itinerary, I lied the incoming rainstorm.

About st Peter's:

This church was mentioned for the first time in 1209. In that time it was meant to be the main church of the town. During the fight with the Livonian Order in 1297 it was used for catapult bombarding of the Wittenstein Castle. In 1408-1409 Rostock architect I. Rummeschotel added a new altar part the existing building. The construction works continued in 1456 and by 1473 the old church was reconstructed. The tower of the church had quite a bad luck. It was rebuilt many times. For the first time it collapsed in 1966. Then it was burned down several times - the last one was right on St. Peter's Day in 1941. In 1971, the tower was restored. From the observation platform built on the top of the tower you can enjoy a wonderful bird's eye view of Riga. Nowadays it's one of the best samples of Gothic architecture in the Baltics. Various concerts and exhibitions are held in the church.

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