Riga Rooster
 
Legend of the Riga Rooster  
   

Legend tells that the Riga Rooster which adorns the top of the oldest church spires in the city serves as a wind indicator and to guide visitors into the city. According to Christian tradition, the rooster is also a vigilant defender against evil, and with his morning song he can drive away all bad things.   more

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According to the Riga City website:

On top of the oldest Riga Churches - Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s, St. John’s and St. Jacob’s – are decorations of roosters (weathercock), not crosses. According to Christian tradition, the rooster is a vigilant defender against evil, and with his morning song he can drive away all bad things. The time before the rooster’s first song is full of evil, and as Jesus told his disciples, “Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice”. Therefore the roosters should be raised as high as possible, to hear their songs from far away.

It is also true that the rooster on a church steeple serves as a wind indicator. This is very important for Riga as a seaport since the wind direction means a great deal for sailing vessels. Hence roosters decorate all the churches near the Daugava River. more

 

Other information about the Riga Rooster:

The film The Unusual Rigans was created as Riga's gift to Latvia's children, presented in August 2001 on Riga's 800th anniversary. The film was produced by Roze Stiebra and has the goal of giving children and adults alike the joy of a fairy tale, showing Latvia's ancient capital as a dream world. The main hero is Justins the Chicken, who longs to become a Golden Rooster, the guard of Riga. more

 

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