Theme Week Latvia – Liepāja

Saturday, 28 May 2022 - 12:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, European Capital of Culture
Reading Time:  3 minutes

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
<
>
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.

Here you can find the complete Overview of all Theme Weeks.

Read more on Liepāja, latvia.travel – Liepāja, Wikivoyage Liepāja and Wikipedia Liepāja. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

Theme Week Dubai on the southeast coast of the Arabian Gulf

Theme Week Dubai on the southeast coast of the Arabian Gulf

[caption id="attachment_24320" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Dubai Creek © Shahid1024/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates, located within the emirate. The emirate of Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. It has the largest population in the UAE (2,100,000) and the second-largest land territory by area (4,114 km2) after Abu Dhabi, the national capital. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the only two emirates to...

[ read more ]

Erbil in Iraq

Erbil in Iraq

[caption id="attachment_25172" align="aligncenter" width="590"] City Park © Myararat83/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Erbil, with a population of approximately 1.3 million (2009), the fourth largest city in Iraq after Baghdad, Basra and Mosul. The city is located in Iraqi Kurdistan. It lies 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of Mosul, and is the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The city officially has been appointed Arab Tourism Capital 2014 by the Arab Council of Tourism. Urban life at Erbil (Hewlêr) can be...

[ read more ]

Theme Week County Mayo - Knock

Theme Week County Mayo - Knock

[caption id="attachment_232176" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Apparition Chapel © KnockShrine/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Knock is a large village in County Mayo, Ireland. Its notability is derived from the Knock Shrine, a Catholic shrine and place of pilgrimage where, according to Catholic beliefs, that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist may have appeared on 21 August 1879. There is much international skepticism on this event due to the age of the witnesses and lack of evidenc...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Iceland - Sauðárkrókur

Theme Week Iceland - Sauðárkrókur

[caption id="attachment_163666" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Steinib68/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Sauðárkrókur is a town in Skagafjörður in northern Iceland and a part of the municipality of Skagafjörður. Sauðárkrókur is the largest town in Northwest Iceland and the second-largest town on the north coast of Iceland, with a population of 2,600. It is the centre for commerce and services in the district, and an important link in Iceland's food production. The population of Sauðárkrókur has grown ste...

[ read more ]

Basilica of Sacré Coeur de Montmartre in Paris

Basilica of Sacré Coeur de Montmartre in Paris

[caption id="attachment_237890" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © OliveiraTP/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Basilica of Sacré Coeur de Montmartre (Sacred Heart of Montmartre), commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur (French: Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre), is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in Paris dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was formally approved as a national historic monument by the National Commission of Patrimony and Architecture on December 8, 2022. ...

[ read more ]

The European Free Trade Association: Bon voyage!

The European Free Trade Association: Bon voyage!

[caption id="attachment_193976" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © efta.int[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is a regional trade organization and free trade area consisting of four European states: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. The organization operates in parallel with the European Union (EU), and all four member states participate in the European Single Market and are part of the Schengen Area. They are not, however, party to the European Union Customs Union. EFTA was his...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Florida Coasts - Emerald Coast

Theme Week Florida Coasts - Emerald Coast

[caption id="attachment_225342" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Destin from the Destin Harbor © flickr.com - Destin Vacation Boat Rentals/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Emerald Coast is an unofficial name for the coastal area in the US state of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico that stretches about 100 mi (160 km) through five counties, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay, which include Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Panama City. Some south Alabama communities on the coast of Ba...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Chateaux of the Loire Valley - Château de Chambord

Theme Week Chateaux of the Loire Valley - Château de Chambord

[caption id="attachment_153150" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Aerial view © Lieven Smits[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Italian structures. The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King François I in part to be near to his mistress the Comtesse de Thoury, Claude R...

[ read more ]

Glenfinnan in the Highlands of Scotland

Glenfinnan in the Highlands of Scotland

[caption id="attachment_221601" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Glenfinnan Monument © Flaxton[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Glenfinnan is a hamlet in Lochaber area of the Highlands of Scotland. In 1745 the Jacobite rising began here when Prince Charles Edward Stuart ("Bonnie Prince Charlie") raised his standard on the shores of Loch Shiel. Seventy years later, the 18 m (60 ft) Glenfinnan Monument, at the head of the loch, was erected to commemorate the historic event. Prince Charles landed from France on Eriskay in the Wes...

[ read more ]

Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis

Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis

[caption id="attachment_200838" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © PaddyBriggs[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Graceland is a mansion on a 13.8-acre (5.6 ha) estate in Memphis, Tennessee, once owned by the singer and actor Elvis Presley. His daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, has been the owner of Graceland since the passing of her father. It is located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard in the vast Whitehaven community, about 9 miles (14.5 km) from Downtown and less than four miles (6 km) north of the Mississippi border. It was opened to th...

[ read more ]

Return to TopReturn to Top
lit as American flag for Independence Day, President's Day & Veterans Day © Averette
Miami Tower

The Miami Tower is a 47-story, landmark office skyscraper in Miami, Florida, United States. It is located in central Downtown....

Jomas Street © Raul Cortez999/cc-by-sa-4.0
Theme Week Latvia – Jūrmala

Jūrmala (Latvian: "seaside") is a city in Latvia, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) west of Riga. Jūrmala is a resort...

Montauk Manor hotel © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0
East Hampton in New York

The Town of East Hampton is located in southeastern Suffolk County, New York, United States, at the eastern end of...

Schließen