Christ's Birth Orthodox church is one of four Orthodox cathedrals in Latvia, built at the end of 19th Century. As it's said back then it was the most expensive building in Riga. It luckily survived both World Wars but Soviet power closed and partially demolished it (sawn down the crucifixes, re-melted the bells) and in a symbolic move as a science victory over religion converted it into a planetarium.

Reconstruction of the building has been on-going since the end of 90ies. The church has now also gold-plated cupolas (at first, they were blue!).

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