4 Latvian City That Managed to Preserve Ancient Architecture

Latvian City That Managed to Preserve Ancient Architecture

Posted on August 2, 2012 by team


Kuldiga is a city in the west of Latvia, its population is 13 thousand citizens. It was founded in 1242 not far from Riga. As opposed to many other Latvian cities the centre of Kuldiga avoided destructions during the numerous wars and fires. Here was preserved the original wood architecture, some of the houses are dated the XVI-XVII centuries.

An ancient arch bridge over the Venta. It is one of the longest arch bridges in Europe that was built in 1874.

Closer view. It was built according to the standards of the royal transportation. Some carriages had to be able to pass.

Ventas Rumba – the widest waterfall in Europe – 249 m.

New city hall, that clock over the balcony shows time inside and outside.

City garden

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4 Responses to “Latvian City That Managed to Preserve Ancient Architecture”

  1. Chac Mool says:

    Very nice place. Thanks for these beautiful pics.

  2. John says:

    It’s like Germany without the aggressive maintenance.

  3. Liptonius says:

    It looks like a beautiful movie set!

  4. Ivan says:

    When Latvia split from the Soviet Union, it had a population of 2,666,567, which was close to its peak population. The latest census recorded a population of 2,067,887 in 2011. This represents a 22.5% decline since the peak census figure

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