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Liepaja - the "nice" thread

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In another thread there was a heated discussion about Liepaja city in Western Latvia - the city has been evaluated as chaotic and unEuropean. Yes, in many aspects it is like this - most part of it has got Soviet heritage because this was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Latvia during the World War II. One third of the city is taken by Karosta district - former Russian Empire and Soviet Union military garrison city, which is to great extent abandoned as Soviets left. But there is still a lot to see, a huge lot.

My thread will show many nice places but by far not all what this city can offer. There is missing modern architecture, parks (Jurmala park is one of the most beautiful in Latvia among the other 500 and more parks of this country), beaches (only Ventspils and Jurkalne beaches can compete), and what is very painful - the most beautiful waterfront in Latvia - Liepaja Channel.

From the other side - I earn some additional money by taking pics of cultural monuments - I focus on separate buildings and try to make them look nice. thus you will see lots of separate buildings with possibly few people in view. There are rather few streetviews.

Most pictures are from summer 2007. Some are from 2004. Over these 3 years city has changed a lot to the best - incredibly much!

First part - Centre of Liepaja or Old Liepaja. It is much larger than Old Riga, but there are only scattered 17th-18th century buildings with later style buildings and war torn scars in between. But believe me - there is a huge lot to see!

1. St. Trinity Church (1672), Barocco style, in overall bad condition. The organ of the church was the largest in the world in time period from 1885 to 1912, currently it is the largest in Europe. Sorry - no inside pictures.

2. Side entrance

3. Stendera 5, 18th century wooden house, covered with painted weatherbords on 19th century

4. One side of the central square of the city - Rozu laukums. This is beautiful place, should take more pictures from vicinities.

5. "Pablo Club" - all this building is rock-cafe. By the way - there are some more rock-cafes in Liepaja to keep the 24-hours rhytm of the city alive.

6. Pasta Street

7. Ludvika Street 7 - typical early Klassicism building from early 19th century. There can't be better property in the Centre of the town IMHO.

8. Graudu 45 - late Art Noveau

9. The same hapless (because of heated discussions) Tirgonu Street - colourful and always lively pedestrian street in Centre.

10. Liela Street 5 - "common" early Jugendstil.

11. Kursu 17 - "common" late Jugendstil

12. Kursu 21 - another "common" Jugendstil building

13. Kursu 20 across the street - some decades older building.

14. Kurmajas prospekts - ornate street leading from the Centre to the beach

15. Kurmajas 2-4

16. Kurmajas prospekts 8

17. Sv Jazepa catholic church (1749) - may be nothing that special but the only where i went inside and enjoyed the interior.



20. Jana Street - warehouses from 18th century. Very special place to my mind. Nicely lighted in nighttime.


22. Graudu Street

23. Another view of Graudu Street

24. And yeat another view of Graudu Street - from 2004. Now everything here looks beautiful and renovated.

25. J. Dubelsteina 14 - late Barocco

26. Graudu 31

27. Stendera 5 - this is taken in 2003.

28. St. Anna Lutheran church (1693)

29. Alejas 2

30. Ausekla 9 - gymnasium

31. A. Pumpura 7 - typical Liepaja apartment building

32. Dika 14 - with nice girl

33. Baznicas 3 - one of the buildings in the Liepaja theatre complex, sorry for not taking pictures of the impressive Jugendstil theatre building itself

34. Kungu 3 - Interesting Barocco frescoes were found inside some years ago, during the reconstruction.

35. Kungu 26 - late 17th century

36. Neighbour - Kungu 24, of similar age

37. Another neighbor - Barinu 32. 17th century wooden hotel. Peter the Ist stayed here on the way to Netherlands.

38. City Council building

39. Avotu 2. Hard to take proper picture in this narrow street.

40. Avotu 11 - subtle Jugendstil.

41. K. Valdemara Street - general view. Still a lot to renovate - but what a potential!

42. K. Valdemara Street 20-24, "Stalin Barocco" from 1950ies.


44. K. Valdemara 41 - polytechnicum building, serves for the same purposes today.

45. K. Valdemara 51 - typical wooden apartment building in outer core of Centrum. unfortunately most are not renovated like this one.

46. Petertirgus market - very active also nowadays

47. Petertirgus market inside

48. Republikas 52

49. Peldu 44 - Neogothic apartment building

50. Toma Street 46, renovated, nice hotel.

51. Toma Street 19, just a regular apartment building.

52. Republikas 23, traditional Art Noveau wooden apartment building. Damn plastic windows...

53. Neigbour - Republikas 21. "Heavy" Neorennaisance style, some decades older than it's neighbour.

Next post will show the "Sanatorium" historical district nearer to the beach.

...repaired some mistakes
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OK, so here we show "Sanatorium" district in Liepaja city. It is located between the Centre and beach, consists mainly of shaded causeways and beautiful villas from late 19th - early 20th centuries. Too few pictures, mainly from one street where I quickly walked by. There is a huge lot more to see, but this should give you some understanding.

1. Kurmajas prospekts 16

2. Kurmajas 20 - abandoned villa for sale

3. Kurmajas 20 - door

4. Hotel "Jana" on Kurmajas Street - former villa.

5. Hika Str. 10

6. "spa complex" from late 19th century - they used curative mud from Liepaja Lake.
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Hehe, because I feel like a cause why this threat was established I will post first comment :)
Really nice city. You've never shown before how beautiful this city is. Now I see that it is very nice and european city :)
And now - Jaunliepaja - worker's district on the northern side from the Channel. This is enormous historical suburb of Liepaja, where lived thousands of workers, coming from the countryside to the booming industries at late 19th century - early 20th century. it consists of simple 2-floor apartment buildings lined along seemingly endless streets. Enormous area. Here I spent my childhood years with my schoolmates.
District looks very authentic to me - but it is also very poor in these days as well. Sorry, very few pictures, should bring a lot more.
1. General view, 1905.year Street and some other street

2. Central Railway Station from pedestrian airbridge

...Ops, that's it. Sorry, there is more to see.
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Finally - Karosta. One third of Liepaja is taken by War port - "Karosta" - enormous military town, where in Russian Empire time and Soviet times resided tens of thousands of soldiers. Now it is practically abandoned and empty, although Liepaja City Council and some social activists try hard to revive it. We need people...

Karosta has got lots of interesting architecture - it was designed as a kind of ideal Army town with rectangular planning and beautiful, ornate buildings. Again - sorry for not showing most of these buildings here - may be some other time. Just a few:

1. One of officers houses - now it's culture and art's centre " K2O"

2. The only modern architecture in this thread - Diver's training centre - one of the man regional training facilities for army divers. Picture from 2004, since then they have built more and are planning even more.

3. Watertower.

4. Orthodox church in Karosta - slowly renovated after it was desecrated and nearly ruined in Soviet times.


6. If you happen to be there - please, go inside. It' s worth to do this. They haven't managed to renovate interiors as they should be, but it is coming.

7. Remains of Forts. Liepaja was heavily protected with enormous concrete fortifications, stretching for many kilometres. These fortifications were served through a complex maze of underground passages.

8. Here the fortifications have reached the sea. Since late 19th century the sea has washed out the concrete, it is attacking the northern part of the city. No fortifications can help against this.

9. Causeway, leading some 2 km inside the sea. Even these constructions should be reneved after some time.

10. Looking back to "Karosta" district from the end of causeway.

11. View to Liepaja harbour from the causeway.

That's all folks, I am going to sleep.
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Very lovely looking place! :yes:
Those wooden buildings are beautiful, especially when renovated :)
dunno what they mean by un-European, but looks pictoresque. i could see myself living there.
Wow, i'm really impressed.
Even if many of the buildings are not in their best shape, the overall looks and atmosphere is great. I would absolutely love to visit the city.

The baltic architecture is different than the architecture in the southern EE. Very nice.
Thanks for all the kind replies. I love Liepaja - my childhood place.

The baltic architecture is different than the architecture in the southern EE. Very nice.
That's the coolest thing - to have all this diversity. I would be bored to come to Southeast Europe and to see the same architecture as here.
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It still needs some work to be perfect,but it has huge tourist potential.It reminds polish Sopot.
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