Theme Week Latvia – Liepāja

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University of Liepāja © Zinneke/cc-by-sa-3.0

University of Liepāja © Zinneke/cc-by-sa-3.0

Liepāja is a city in western Latvia, located on the Baltic Sea. It is the largest city in the Kurzeme Region and the third largest city in the country after Riga and Daugavpils. It is an important ice-free port. The population in 2020 was 68,535 people. Liepāja is chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2027.

In the 19th and early 20th century, it was a favourite place for sea-bathers and travellers, with the town boasting a fine park, many pretty gardens and a theatre. Liepāja is however known throughout Latvia as “City where the wind is born”, likely because of the constant sea breeze. A song of the same name was composed by Imants Kalniņš and has become the anthem of the city. Its reputation as the windiest city in Latvia was strengthened with the construction of the largest wind farm in the nation (33 Enercon wind turbines) nearby.

Great Amber Concert Hall © MichalPL/cc-by-sa-4.0 Old Markethall © Texaner/cc-by-sa-3.0 University of Liepāja © Zinneke/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Zairon/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Kulmalukko/cc-by-3.0 © Andrzej Otrebski/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Great Amber Concert Hall © MichalPL/cc-by-sa-4.0
The coat of arms of Liepāja was adopted four days after the jurisdiction gained city rights on 18 March 1625. These are described as: “on a silver background, the lion of Courland with a divided tail, who leans upon a linden tree with its forelegs”. The flag of Liepāja has the coat of arms in the center, with red in the top half and green in the bottom.

One of the very few surviving films documenting the mass murder of Jews during the first stages of the Holocaust is a short film by a German soldier who witnessed the massacre of Liepāja Jews in July 1941 near the city’s lighthouse.

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