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Old October 17th, 2010, 01:25 AM   #1
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KULDĪGA - the best preserved ancient town in Latvia

The most ancient looking town in Latvia is Kuldīga. It has escaped both world wars and also Sovietization tendencies has touched it less than many other Latvian towns - when being in town's centre you can't know is there somewhere commieblocks or not. Kuldīga can boast also with beautiful nature - it's located at Venta river and right at the town there is one of the widest Europe waterfalls - Ventas rumba. Due to all these factors, Kuldīga is being widely regarded as the most beautiful town in Latvia. I wouldn't be so cathegoric, because I think Cēsis could hold the title as well and we can't forget about Liepāja which is although raped by wars but still very beautiful in places, and also other towns. However, one thing is clear - Kuldīga can give the most authentic old town feeling in Latvia. Sometimes it feels you just have to dress people like in old times and you're back there (17th/18th Century).

Let the pictures speak now.

The first part - historical centre around Liepājas street - it's the main street of the city.















































While now "Metropole" (metropolis) regarding to this little town sounds funny, it wasn't so in 17th Century when Kuldīga was the capital of Courland - very prosperous country in Kurzeme and Zemgale area, it even had it's own colonies - Gambia and Tobago.











To be continued...
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Old October 17th, 2010, 11:45 AM   #2
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Lovely and very nice place, Vecais...
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Very quaint town. I am surprised to see a Fachwerk building though: I thought fachwerk was not used in the Baltics.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 03:23 PM   #4
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Well, once upon a time Germans lived in Kuldīga alias Goldingen...
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I thought fachwerk was not used in the Baltics.
It was very popular in areas where brick was produced - f.e. in countryside around Bauska south from Riga. There are hundreds of countryside houses with fachwerk - even most Latvians don't know it.
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We continue with the Kuldīga town centre pics.





Little charming hill here with street leading down









Kuldīga court building











Kuldīga has not only the widest but also highest waterfall in Latvia - although it is artificial one. Alekšupītes waterfall. This small river is flowing through the town and we'll see in this thread how unique (for Baltic states) cityscape it makes in Kuldīga - resembling a bit of Venice.









View to Venta and autumn colours in opposite bank. Kuldīga is built basically on one side of the river, the other has only some newly built private houses...



...some of them looks quite good, like this one:





Next time some more pics from Pārventa and also the beautiful Ventas rumba waterfall. To be continued...
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