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    City Kuldiga (Kuldīga – in Latvian) is the most charming, most magnetic and magical towns in Latvia. It is a town which has preserved its medieval appearance and charm. As shows the ancient castle mound located 3.5 km down the River Venta and being mentioned in the ancient chronicles (8-9 century), the present old city of Kuldiga which was constructed near the Castle of the Livonian Order of Knights (built in the period from 1242 till 1245) was given the name by the castle and settlement of the Couronians. In the site of the Castle, we are philosophically and romantically affected by the SculptureGarden which is a gift from the sculptress Līvija Rezevska to her native town. The ancient Castle Mill (13 century) located near the Bridge across the River Venta was built by the highest natural threshold in Latvia – Alekšupīte Waterfall (4.2 m). The Ancient town was constructed near the River Alekšupīte. All the houses being built before 7 centuries constitute the so called Venice of Kuldiga”. From the top of the new-built pinnacle several churches can be seen and observed in the view over the town Kuldiga. St. Catherine’s Church (1252) is the oldest church in Kuldiga. A metal medallion with an image of St. Catherine can be seen over the side (court) doors of the church. This is also an emblem of the town Kuldiga, because Catherine is a patroness of Kuldiga and she holds a rudder in the right hand and a spear (which is a symbol of power) in her left hand. In Kuldiga, every European can see familiar things characteristic to ancient cities without insertions of modernism. Such sites and buildings are, for example, Palace Chemists’ Shop (Baznīcas iela), the House of Burgomaster Stephenhagen, the Square of Town Hall with the Ancient Town Council and the building of the present City Council. Kuldiga is memorialized by the help of many movies which have the plot of action in Germany, Poland, Scandinavia and, of course, in Latvia. In times of the Duke Jacob reign, the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity was built (1649). St. Ann Evangelically Lutheran Church (1905) is the newest church in Kuldiga, but it is impressive with its Neogothic style. You are invited to enjoy the town Kuldiga by going for a walk on the charming streets and observe the ancient buildings with unique doors and transoms.







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