Living in a beautiful city eventually can make you numb to all the beauty around. Everyday hurry makes townspeople not notice the amazing things that would greatly impress a visitor who sees it for the first time. This can be the case for a lot of places, but Old St.Gertrude’s Church, at least for me, isn’t one of them.
As my everyday road to work leads past this church, it’s surprising how every time I see this monumental neo-gothic church it continues to impress me. The church has an unusual location – it stands in the middle of a roundabout and marks the very beginning of Ģertrūdes street. A long time ago it was the border of the city and beyond it one might find only meadows, forests and roads. Today it’s the middle of the busy city life, surrounded by a fascinating ensemble of wooden, Art Nouveau and new glass buildings.
St. Gertrude during the middle ages was the saint of travelers and her name was given to churches located outside city walls. During history seven St. Gertrude’s churches have stood in this location. The first one existed around the year 1418, later the church experienced several reconstructions when finally from 1866 to 1869 the present day stone and brick church was constructed. This red brick masterpiece with green copper spire was designed by one of the Riga’s most famous architects J.D. Felsko and is still one of the most beautiful churches you will find in the city.