Jāņa iela 7 (Svētā Jāņa baznīca - St. John's church)
Svētais Jānis Kristītājs un Salome
St. John the Baptist and Salome
The two early-seventeenth century statues situated in the semi-rounded niches of the east façade:
Svētais Jānis Kristītājs / St. John the Baptist (c. 6 BC- c. 36 AD),
itinerant preacher and a major religious figure who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River. He baptized Jesus at "Bethany beyond the Jordan."
Salome, the Daughter of Herodias (c. AD 14 - between 62 and 71), is known from the New Testament (Mark 6:17-29 and Matthew 14:3-11, where, however, her name is not given). According to the gospels, her lighthearted and cold foolishness led to John the Baptist's death.