Klaipeda a very important sea transport harbor. International ferries go to Sweden, Germany and Denmark. Needless to say, most of Lithuanian's export and import are not possible without Klaipeda port. As Klaipeda is the only coastal city in Lithuania, summer holiday makers come to this city and take ferries to visit different white beaches which stretch more than 90km. Concerts are held on ferries and famous jazz concerts takes place just on the harbor. The annual Sea Festival (end of July) is visited by many Lithuanians and foreigners.
Sculpture "Fisherman" is a sculpture, symbolizing Klaipeda typical Sea festival. It was built already in Soviet time, in 1971. Many people gather every summer for a few days to Sea festival, it is quite popular celebration in Lithuania.
Anyway, it is interesting fact, that before place was known for sculpture "Borussia", built in 1907. It was built to commemorate a victory against Napoleon (1807). It was gone in Second World War.
United Lithuania monument “Arch”
It was created to commemorate unification of whole Lithuania, adding region of Klaipeda (1923). It is standing here from 2003. It is one of the biggest monuments in Lithuania. Actually every part of an arch means something. Let say, smaller red granite symbolizes Klaipeda region. '
The written words on monument could be translated as “We are one nation, one land, one Lithuania“ (it is writer‘s Ieva Simonaityte quite).
Klaipeda old warehouses on a bank of Dane river, on old town side is known from 19th century, it was mostly used as city weights and a place to keep fish (herrings). It kept old traditional architecture, typical not only in Lithuania, but also in Latvia (looks like in Liepaja).
Nowadays one warehouse is used for "Memelis" bar, where they make their own beer, one of them is also a fashionable hotel.
Monument to millenium of Lithuania
It is a nice example how initiative of patriotic people could change city at least a bit, they gathered money to build this small monument commemorating Lithuania millennium. Name of Lithuania was first time mentioned in chronicles of Quedlinburg in 1009, so sculpture was build in 2009.
It shows Grand Duke Vytautas on horse.Vytautas is a symbol of strong Lithuania, a duke who broadened Lithuania from Baltic sea to Black sea.
Sculpture "The tower"
Sculpture "The tower" was built in 1990 and belongs to a project of A. Bosas. It symbolizes Klaipeda city inhabitants, it is like a house. Every side of house is different, showing people's life from different centuries.
As I know, the small square here was formed instead of former house, so sculpture changes a house at least symbolically.
Museum of Minor Lithuania
Museum is located in old beautiful building of 18th century. It houses an exhibition of Lithuania Minor, the land, that long time belonged for Germans. It is pity I haven't had time to visit this museum, but I have found information, that it is quite rich one, also it takes care of Klaipeda castle museum and Sculpture park (both also was not visited by me, anyway, I hope to come back to Klaipeda).
K and D building
It is a modern sightseeing place in Klaipeda, constructed in 2006. Nowadays it is used as a living place, also offices for some companies are housed. There is possibility to go up to see panorama of Klaipeda. I believe, there are no so much places to see panorama, but this one could be nice.
K & D letters I guess means 'Klaipeda', as consist of two letters from city name.
Former bank of Klaipeda
This house was built in the beginning of 20th century. It was known as the first bank of Klaipeda. Here you could see a coat of arms of Klaipeda (the same as on Drama theater building), also a small sculpture of Cupid, that represents citizens‘ affection for the town.
This place is remembrance of bastion fortifications of Klaipeda city. Fortifications were built in manner of Holland – type fortifications with mounds and bastions. The construction was finished in early 18th century. It was called due to nearby located St. Josh church, that's is already gone.
In further centuries fortification was not used and neglected. Only in 20th century some fragments were open to public, that we see now.
Sculpture „The Old Town chimney-sweep“
Sculpture is located just at the edge of the house. That is funny, but story tells (I believe, it is quite modern story), that you have to touch the button of this this chimney-sweep in the morning of New Year – when you will get a luck for a whole year. Anyway, that looks sarcastic, I wonder how it is possible to do so ;)
The wall of building also has a luck button, it is reachable by hand, so if you can‘t reach chimney- seep, it is possible to touch at least that luck – button ;)
Building was constructed in the end of 18th century and beginning of 19th century. It is already classicism style. Actually firstly it belonged to Danish consul Lork. In 1807 – 1808 it was even temporal residence of King of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm and his wife. It was due to Napoleon wars.
In the second half of 19th century the building was bought by city magister and it became as a town hall.
Meridianas is probably the most popular ship in Lithuania, but it is already used as a sightseeing object, not for sailing. The ship was build in 1948 in Finland. It was used as a a learning material for Klaipeda Navigation School.
Later it became older and stood in Dane river bank. Anyway, for some time in Soviet times it was in quite bad conditions. Nowadays it is more or less restored, used also as a restaurant.
It is one of the significant buildings in Klaipeda. Probably older people still remember the times, when Adolf Hitler was talking here from the balcony, in Second World War declaring it again as a part of Germany.
Building was constructed in 18th century, but reconstructed in the 19th century and now it is in neo –classical shape. Klaipeda coat of arms is presented in facade. It is, I believe, quite popular place for local meetings.
Sculpture of Ann from Tharau
This sculpture stands just in the Theater square. It was dedicated to German poet Simon Dach, who was born in Klaipeda. He wrote a poem, called „Ann from Tharau“, it is quite popular in such countries as Germany, Austria, Switzerland (I have seen the same name restaurant in Berlin).
It stood here from 1912, but dissapeared in Second World War, it was reconstructed in 1990. It shows that Klaipeda was an important place for German culture.
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