Ostas Street promenade
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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Ventspils 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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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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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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Livonian Order 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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Fountain "ship of the sun"
Fountain, named “ship of the sun” is located in the park, in New Town of Ventspils (Jaunpilsetas square). The water that is splashed by stone figures designed like ships, and it makes the rainbow when sun goes here. All surrounding here is quite natural, like a small pond; I think the essence of project was to show as less artificiality as possible.
Authors of fountain that is put here in 2001 are A. Kronenbergs and I. Berga.
Town Hall square
Town hall square is a small surrounding in Ventspils old town, where two main buildings are St. Nicolaus church and Writers’ and Translators’ house are located. The place is famous for local people; it is the second most popular places in old town, together with Market square. Actually square name was different one (or no name), but later town hall was moved here from these days market square, so things changed.
In October 2010 the place was richly decorated by nice plants, most of them consisted of decorative cabbages.
St. Nicolas' church
St. Nicolas’ Lutheran church is the main attraction of Town Hall square. Church was constructed in 1834-1835 in Classical style and named after St. Nicolas, who is, by history, a patron of sailors and fishermen.
Church interior is quite typical for Lutheran churches – not too much adorned.
The place is known from 17th century, in older times actually here was town hall, but not in the place where town hall square is now. Pity, but town hall here was abandoned and demolished in 1850. Place became more popular for markets.
Nowadays here you could see some nice older buildings, the market place, and modern clock tower.
Carillon clock tower
Carillon clock tower is a new structure in Ventspils market square, it appeared here after reconstruction of 2009. When a current hour comes, clock rings as much as it is hours now. Two times per day clock gifts a special melody (at midday and midnight).
It is a nice sighseeing object in newly refurbished market square.
Ventspils digital centre
The building was constructed in 1905, historicism style. The owner for that time was district chairman Golubevs. Ventspils museum was located here from 1945 till 2000.
Nowadays it is renovated place with nearby standing Ventspils library and monument to Janis Fabriciuss, Latvian riflemen division commanding officer (1877 – 1929).
The Ventspils castle nowadays is named as the most preserved and having the most modern museum in Latvia (as for 2010). Actually it is hard to agree with both, as I am not big expert of Latvia. Anyway, museum could be better.
Venstpils castle was constructed by Livonian Order in 1290. Nowadays the oldest part is tower, from 14th century added as a part of castle. This tower was used as a lighthouse for a long time.
The castle served a prison from 1832 till 1959, later, till 1983 was a quarters for Soviet army. The castle is not big one, built on a plane place. Nowadays it houses a museum about history of Ventspils.
Sculpture of Valdemars
Sculpture of Valdemars is a nice example how recently created attributes of town could easily become main symbols. It is a place quite frequently used in Ventspils postcards; it is very famous place for taking photos.
Monument to Krisjanis Valdemars was built in 2000 by Miervardis Polis. Valdemars (1825 – 1891) was also famous in his maritime activities (besides he was educator, writer, so on), so that’s the right place for commemorating him.
Monument for cow - traveller
This cow figure is one of the most interesting for visitors of Ventspils, possible because cow is a tourist as well ;) Monument is 4 meters tall and 7 meters long, made as a suitcase and sticked by different signs of places, where “Cow parade” took place.
The monument was created by Pauls Sprindzans. Place is very famous of taking photos.
Fountain "Ship wacher"
“Ship watcher” was constructed in 2002 by Rita Dobicina and Igors Dobicins. It is made of red granite, shape as a head and turned into water side. Instead of hair is water spurts. Seems it looks into ships around.
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