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Liepaja

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Liepāja, is a city in western Latvia, located on the Baltic Sea directly at 21°E. 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. In 2017 population of Liepāja is 69,443 people.In the 19th and early 20th century it was a favourite place for sea-bathers with the town boasting a fine park and 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 nearby.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.Names and etymologyIt is said that the first settlement at the location of modern Liepāja was known by the name Līva from the name of the river Līva on which Liepāja was located. The name was derived from the Livonian word Liiv meaning "sand". The oldest written text mentioning the Latvian name is said to be dated 4 April 1253. In 1263, the Teutonic Order established a town which they called Libau in German. The Latvian name Liepāja was mentioned for the first time in 1649 by Paul Einhorn in his work Historia Lettica. A Russian name from the time of the Russian Empire was Либава or Либау, although Лиепая, a transliteration of Liepāja has been used since World War II.
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Park
Jurmalas Park
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Northern Forts
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Karosta Prison
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Holy Trinity Cathedral
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Liepaja

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Waterfall
Venta Rapid Waterfall Kuldiga
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Ventspils Beach Ventspils
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
The Castle of the Livonian order Ventspils
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Cave
The Riezupe Sand Caves Kuldiga
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Liepaja

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Church
St. Nicholas Orthodox Sea Cathedral
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
St. Joseph's Cathedral
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
St. Anne’s Church
3.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Historic Site
House of Peter
2.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Liepaja

Landmark
Skede Dunes Memorial
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Lookout
Liepaja lake watchtower
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Spa
Liepajas Olimpiskais Centrs
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Bridge
The Oskars Kalpaks Bridge
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Liepaja

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History Museum
Liepaja Museum
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Liepaja

Gift & Specialty Shop
Peter Market
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Karosta Prison
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Rose Square (Rozu laukums)
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Monument
Latvian Musicians’ Walk of Fame
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Playground
Children’s Town Ventspils
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min