- First mentioned in 1226 chronicles, this is one of the oldest places of worship in Riga. First it was Lutheran then it belonged to the Catholic Order of Jesuits, and after that – Swedish garrison. It has been a catholic cathedral since 1922. St James's Cathedral (or as it is sometimes referred to in English as St. Jacob's) is the only church in Riga which still has a Gothic tower - the peculiarity which used to be characteristic for all churches in this city. The steeple also deserves attention. There is an interesting legend behind the bell hanging outside. "Bell of Wretched Sinners," as this was called, rang by itself when an unfaithful wife passed by.
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