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    St. Nicholas Lutheran church

    by Airpunk Written Aug 31, 2007

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    St. Nicholas Lutheran church

    At tiny town hall square, the largest building is St. Nicholas church which was erected in 1835 in classisistic style. To confuse all tourists, there’s also a russian-orthodox church with the same name, around 200 meters away. To confuse you further, “Lonely Planet” was also a little confused and switched the designation numbers 9 and 10 of these churches. At least that was so in the 4th edition, the one which I used in Ventspils…

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    St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox church

    by Airpunk Written Aug 31, 2007

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    Russian Orthodox church

    Built in 1901, it is the younger of the two large churches in Ventspils. Although showing the typical large onion-shaped domes, it has maintained a kind of rural character. It is possible to visit the church, just pay the repect you would do in any clerical building.

    By the way, if you want to get really confused, read my tip about the other large church straight ahead. It’s the lutheran church at market suqare – which is also dedicated to St. Nicholas…

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    Sculptures, wooden buildings and other small gems

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    Sculpture close to the beach at Mednu Iela
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    For a town of its size, Ventspils has many sculptures all over the city. A couple of them can be found at Ostas Iela harbour promenade (Seven Mental Meteorites, Monument to Krisjanis Valdemars) , but keep your eyes open for sculptures all over the city. Not a sculpture, but surely a nice appearance – that’s the clock at twon hall square. Small and simple, like the whole sqaure, it still spreads – like the whole city of Ventspils – it own charme. For another pleasant surprise of the cityscape, look around at the area between Town Hall Square and the Russian Orthodox church. Here, you will find some pastel-coloured wooden houses you won’t expect close to an industrial harbour.

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    Harbour promenade / Ostas Iela

    by Airpunk Written Aug 31, 2007

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    Along with the beach/south mole walkway, the harbour promenade seems to be another place to see locals walking around and relaxing. The place is nothing outrageous, but it’s surely nice to see the harbour activities on the other side while enjoying an ice cream. A hand full of sculptures can be seen here. Again, it’s not Picasso – but also little things can be interesting curiousities.

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    Childrens City

    by bonio Written Jul 25, 2006

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    Large park devoted to children's playthings. OK, we've no kids with us but it's a shortcut into the city! nevertheless a great place to bring you little ones if you visit Ventspils, ther's loads to keep them occupied.

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    Mikela lighthouse / Mikela baka

    by Inguuna Updated Jan 17, 2006

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    It's worth to see the lighthouse, to ascend the stairs and enjoy the beautiful panorama. The weather wasn't good, when I was there, but it says that in sunny day one can already see Saaremaa, but who knows. There is no elevator in the lighthouse, so the big sense is to your physical strength, but I know the way how you can forgive about climbing - you must count the steps, it helps me :). In this lighthouse are about 300 steps! The lighthouse was built in the end of 19th century, but for some reasons, it was rebuilt many times. It is the highest in Latvia.

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    Anchor trail

    by LanaFromRiga Written Apr 27, 2005

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    Anchors

    In the Seaside, open-air museum is anchor trail. There is the biggest anchor collection in the Baltic States with 100 pieces from the 17th century up to nowadays. Some younger and bigger anchors weigh up to 13-22
    tons. There is an anchor trail created in the Seaside Park.

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    Town Square

    by LanaFromRiga Written Apr 27, 2005

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    Town hall street

    The Town-hall Square is enclosed by historical buildings – the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St.Nicolas and the building at 13 Annas Street, dating to the 18th century, which since 1850 was used as a town-hall. Town hall square is one of the most popular places for walks in Ventpils. Every year different tradition activities are organised in the Town hall square during the Sea Festival, at Christmas and other holidays.

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    Livonian Order Castle

    by LanaFromRiga Written Apr 25, 2005

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    Ventspils Castle

    It is the oldest medieval fortress in Latvia that has almost completely preserved its original dimensions till the present days. The castle was first mentioned in historical sources in 1290. Today it houses the museum of Ventspils – one of the most modern in the Baltic States.
    Open: Dauly 9.00am-6.00pm from 1 May to 31 October, 10.00am – 5.00pm from 1Novembr to 30 April.
    Prices: 0,50LVL (children, students, pensioners), 1LVL (adults), 2,50LVL (family ticket.

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    Ventspils Free Port Authority

    by LanaFromRiga Written Apr 25, 2005

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    The Free Port Authority

    It is situated in a building that originally was a hotel, called “Royal” and it was built during the period of historicism and art nouveau. The building was reconstructed in 1998 and has been awarded the prize of the Union of Architects of Latvia as the bet reconstruction of the year.

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    Ostas Street promenade

    by LanaFromRiga Written Apr 25, 2005

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    The promenande

    Till the middle of the 20th century a chain of port warehouses was situated in this area. Today several remarkable tourist attractions are located there – Livonian order castle, excursion boat “Hercogs Jekabs”, and the monument to K.Valdemars (famous Latvian writer). Ostas street promenade is a popular place for taking a walk. From here, the industrial activities of the Ventspils Port can be oberved.

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    Very small waterfall and ruins near river Riva

    by Inguuna Updated Feb 27, 2005

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    Small waterfall near wooden bridge

    The renewed wooden bridge is crossing river Riva which flows there. And near it you can see ruins of 18th century old mill. Later here were also spirit distillery, wool factory and during past century electricity was also produced here. Today you can also see small waterfall here.

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    Steep bank of Jurkalne

    by Inguuna Updated Feb 27, 2005

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    Steep bank

    The coastline of Latvia is interesting to see because it differs in many places. In Jurkalne an impressive steep bank is twenty meters high. And if you climb down it’s not so easy to climb up, but it’s worth to do it. It's located between Jurkalne and Ulmale, but the best view is in Jurkalne.
    Despite it was June when I was there, it was cold, but the water was very clean probably because I didn’t see anyone swimming there :)

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    Ostas iela - waterfront

    by bonio Written Jul 25, 2006

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    One side of the river Venta is still industrial and makes an interesting backdrop for the town side that now is a pleasant stroll past sculptures and fountains.

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    Seaside open air museum

    by bonio Written Jul 25, 2006

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    Has a narrow gauge steam railway, operates at weekends in summer only. Midweek visit for us. Many other intersting exhibits to look at, especially for me old ships anchors turned into sculptures.

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