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Lielais Kristaps - Big Christopher

PoLu gate and 11 | Daugava, Riga 1050, Latvia
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We were walking by when we came across this statue. My wife was very familiar so she explained how... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2017
Michael W
Largo, Florida
Saw it when I got off the boat

Saw Lielais Kristaps after the boat ride. Just crossed the road and would get to the old town... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
Quack H
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PoLu gate and 11 | Daugava, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

We were walking by when we came across this statue. My wife was very familiar so she explained how the story goes. I thought it was pretty cool in a great setting. If you're near, stop by and check it out.

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Saw Lielais Kristaps after the boat ride. Just crossed the road and would get to the old town. Recommended.

Thank Quack H
Reviewed 23 July 2017

This is the kind of thing that makes it on to Atlas Obscura's list of quirkiest city attractions. The legend of St Christopher is well known but I certainly hadn't realised that it originated in Riga and forms the city's foundation myth. It might be...More

1  Thank lonewolf44
Reviewed 30 March 2017

With map in hand we did a self guided walking tour of Riga. There were many interesting sights/sites and story's. This one we would not have even found without noted on the map, as is is by the river and quite obscure. It is good...More

Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We nearly missed this and took some finding!!! As my husband is named Christopher we had to find it, lovely history and tale to it!!

Thank Mel J
Reviewed 25 September 2016

The Big Christopher (Kristaps, Latvian for Christopher) legend dates to the early 1500s with embryonic Riga. Residing in a cave on the east bank of Daugava River, Kristaps was the city’s protector from floods and natural disasters. Carrying Baby Jesus across the deep water, he...More

5  Thank DeanMurphy2020
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

If you have seen the trip advisor photos you have seen big Christopher. There is no reading material there so much better to just google this one.

1  Thank Izella C
Reviewed 1 June 2016

This is a new monument, built only recently in Riga. Based just near the river Daugava, which splits Riga in 2 parts.

Thank Janis G
Reviewed 23 October 2015

This is a statue encased in glass situated right at the banks of the river Daugava. Nothing noteworthy except that it does make a photo-op with a beautiful nearby river and all the hustle bustle. Apparently its a legend that Big Christopher use to live...More

Thank ffeverywhere
Reviewed 12 September 2015

This is on the banks of the River Daugava and its a statue of Big Chris in a glass case. Legend has it that Big Chris helped a young boy over the river under great duress and the next day he found a bag of...More

Thank ceri r
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