“TheCeļotājs” –
Aizpute Town Sights in Courland
 
 
"TheCeļotājs – Aizputes pilsētas apskates Kurzemē 
 

Aizpute Livonian Order Castle Ruins - ANNO 1249
 

 Aizpute Mill Lake and Watermill
 

 Kuldigas iela
 
 
Street located in historical part of Aizpute
 

    
 
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Aizpute Mill Lake and Saint John's Lutheran Church
 
Welcome to Aizpute Town Sights in Courland,
 
With “TheCeļotājs” latest excursions of Latvian Cities, Towns and Villages as we visit the Town of Aizpute Latvia and explore Aizpute sights with our host and guide Signe Pucena of Aizpute Tourism Information Centre, located at Skolas iela 1. Starting that the Aizpute Tourism Information Centre, we will begin our excursion and exploring the town of Aizpute and its many historical structures and sights found through these many pages with the history and the numerous pictures of Aizpute. Some of these historical sights include the Stone Bridge that crosses the Tebra River, which is the oldest bridge in Aizpute. As the Tebra River crosses under the bridge it flows into the Mill Lake which has used to power Watermill, by directing part of the water flow through slush gates into the building to turn a water wheel before it flows back into the Tebra River. Just up the hill is the Livonian Order Castle ruins which dates back to then it was built in the late 13th to early 14th centuries. Across the valley is Saint John's Lutheran Church. The church was originally built in 1254 in the same place where German crusaders looted and destroyed the ancient castle Beida of the Kurši people. The church has been rebuilt many times, the current structure dates from 1860. It is one of the oldest church buildings in Kurzeme. Leaving Saint John's Lutheran Church, we will explore Aizpute historic center of Aizpute, Which has some wooden buildings that look like they date back to the beginning of time or 1249. We will also explore other parts of Aizpute that also has historic history. 
 
First we were given a brief description and the history of Aizpute. 
 
Aizpute is the largest and oldest town in the vicinity of Liepaja. In our streets the past and the present meet, and the historical heritage gets along well with our days. Aizpute's historic center with its wood architecture, which is rightly included in the European cultural heritage list, its truly a museum under the open sky. The town is considered to have been founded in 1249, during the time when the German Livonian Order began construction of the castle near the Tebra River. Aizpute gained legal rights as a town on 17 March  1378. Aizpute has been the capitol both Kurzeme's diocese and Piltene region. Nowadays, Aizpute has become a county center that unites five neighboring districts including Laža, Cīrava, Kazdange, Kalvene and Aizpute district. 
 
Exhibit of 1941 and 1949 Aizpute Soviet Union Deportations 
 
 

 Aizpute Saint John's Lutheran Church _ANNO 1254
 

Aizpute Watermill - Late 18th to Early 19th centure
 

 Jana iela
 
Oldest wooden structure in Aizpute