The latest edition in the series “Monuments of Art in Latvia” is devoted to the rich heritage of the religious architecture and art of the historical Riga District and the town of Jūrmala. The area includes religious sites of all major traditional denominations – Lutheran, Catholic, Orthodox, as well as the Jewish faithful, and the book gives particular attention to the architecture and art of these churches. Within the historical boundaries of the Riga region, the book deals with 21 churches, but the religious heritage of Jūrmala is represented by 11 objects in the administrative boundaries of the city. Over the course of time several churches have been destroyed or else they are preserved only partially; and although the information is in many cases very limited, such sites are also included in the book.
Descriptions of churches include comprehensive historical information, a detailed description of the building and its arrangement, highlighting the main architectural and artistic values. The descriptions of the houses of worship also include information on the church furniture and objects that have been handed down and preserved in the museums over the years, as well as lost sacred buildings and their facilities, for which sufficient documentary and visual information has remained. The description of each building is accompanied by its layout plan, historical images and contemporary photographs.
The book includes bibliography, a glossary of architectural, art and church terminology as well as summaries of the texts in English and Russian.
Dr. arch. Jānis Zilgalvis (1955) is the author of more than 190 scientific and popular scientific publications, and 23 books (co-author of several of them). His research interests and activities focus on the rural and small-town architecture of Latvia, study of cultural and historical environment, protection and popularisation of cultural heritage.
The book series “Monuments of Art in Latvia”, dedicated to the cultural heritage, provides a comprehensive, focused information on houses of worship of various denominations, their architecture and objects of art and crafts. So far, books have been published on the heritage of religious architecture and art in the Daugavpils District (2006), Valmiera District (2010), Riga (2010), Rēzekne District (2011), Preiļi District (2013), Zemgale (2015), the historical Krāslava District (2015), as well as te historical districts of Jēkabpils and Aizkraukle (2018).