St. Jacob's Church
is one of the oldest churches in Riga. It was mentioned for
the fist time in chronicles in 1226. After the reformation it
was owned by Lutherans. In 1582, it was given to the Catholic
Order of Jesuits. In the 17th century the church building served
needs of Swedish garrison. And only in 1922 it was turned over
to Catholic community. Now St. Jacob's Church is a Catholic
cathedral in Riga.
The tower of St. Jacob's Church is
the only one in the city that still has Gothic spire that
was one of the main earlier characteristics for all Riga churches.
The steeple of St. Jacob's Church is quite unique. It's the
only one in Riga that has a bell hanging outside. This bell
somehow gained a name "Bell of Wretched Sinners". As legend
says, it was taken away at requests of discontented townspeople
because it had a bad habit to ring by itself when any unfaithful
wife went by.
Address: Klostera St., 2