Limbazi Things to Do
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This is very nice church built in early 20th century. This was the time when many (ethnic) Latvians converted to Russian Orthodox faith. Now among Latvians there are not much Russian Orthodox and in Limbazi there is very little Russian community, so I am not sure if there is also Russian Orthodox congregation in the town at the moment.
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In the courtyard of Lutheran church there are two very interesting monuments, especially for foreigners. The biggest monument commemorate local people who were killed fighting for Independnce of Latvia in 1918-1920. Added there is a planch which shows respect to fighters from their comrades from Daugavpils. On the planch there is swastika, but this is not a Nazi symbol here as the planch is from 1923 when this symbol hadn't the meaning it has today. Swastika (ugunskrusts or perkonkrusts in Latvian) is an ancient Latvian pagan symbol. The other monument in the courtyard is for commemorating national partisans who were killed in June/July 1941 when Latvia was under Soviet Occupation and recently Nazi Germany started the war against Soviets. As thousands of Latvians (also children and very old people) were deported to Siberia only a week before the war broke out majority of Latvians at first saw Germans as liberators not conquerers. And some people in the first days of war were organising in armed groups to fight against Red Army or NKVD (the institution which carried out Red terror) before Germans came in. So, this monument is to commemorate few national partisans who were killed in this fight against Red Army.
I found this 18th century house by address (Burtnieku 4), but actually I am not sure at all if this is the right house, because it looked to me so unimpressive. Later I read there are some mural paintings inside the building, but I do not know whether they are available for visitors and you are able to see them.
Limbazi Off The Beaten Path
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Hike from Veczemu klintis (sandstone rock) to Kurmrags (cape)
This rather easy seaside hiking trail is one of the best in Latvia in my opnion. Veczemu klintis are located some 30 km from Limbazi. You must go with car or bicycle from P11 (Limbazi-Tuja) and A1/E67 (Riga-Ainazi) intersection to the North and after 8km turn to the left and then after few km you will reach the sea. There will be very simple campsite (you will have to pay for parking the car) and there you can start your hike. At first go about 1 km north to Veczemu klintis – red sandstone rock. Then go back and keep going South some 4 or 5 km till Kurmrags where very simple lighthouse is located (see my last picture). All the way along the seaside you will pass very beautiful red, pink or white sandstone rocks (not very high – only few metres high). You can also watch many seabirds while walking. If you have left your car or bycicles at campsite you will have to walk back. The hike takes few hours and I strongly advise you against hiking there any other season, but summer (as well as during storm in summer). In spring, autumn and winter the wind can be extremely cold (and strong) and you will get sick very fast. If you need any other information feel free to contact me since there could be very little or no information in guide books or internet about this place.