Liepāja’s Holy Trinity Cathedral is located on Lielā Street in the centre of the old town. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1742 and consecrated in 1758. The construction was completed only in 1866, when according to the original plan the steeple had 2 floors added to it.
The church’s outer architectural style is late Baroque with features of Classicism. The interior of the cathedral has the luxury and splendour typical of the Rococo style. Still present is a luxurious box meant for seating the dukes of Kurzeme.
A unique treasure of the church is the oldest unreconstructed mechanical organ in the world. It was built by Heinrich Andreas Contius who was one of Europe’s greatest craftsmen. The organ has 31 stops, 4 manuals and over 7000 pipes. It is played during church services, but every September International Organ music festival takes place. If requested in advance, it is possible to see a demonstration of the organ or even enjoy a small impromptu concert.
The cathedral was witness to an important event in Finland’s fight for independence. This fact is evidenced by a plaque commemorating Finnish Jägers who swore allegiance to their newly formed country in 1918, while serving in the military of the German Empire.
The façade of the cathedral is currently undergoing renovation, therefore access to the 55-metre tall steeple is restricted for the time being. It has always been a popular place to enjoy the city’s panorama. The renovation is scheduled to be completed in spring 2020. After the renovation, in May, the cathedral’s steeple will also be available for visits.