“TheCeļotājs” –
Courland "Kurzeme" Region Sights
 
"TheCeļotājs" - Kurzemes reģionu nopūšas
 
Virga parish Mill Wall Ruins – ANNO 1892
 
Durbes – Memorial for Deported Persons and Persons who
fought against Soviets 
 
Skrunda – Memorial Carriage and Exhibit to the 1941 and 1941
Deportations 
 
Durbes Town Monuments 
 
 
 
 
Revised: 07/20/2013 - 08:32:00
 
 
Monument to the Latvian Legion 
 
Welcome to Courland "Kurzeme" Region Sights
 
Through these many pages and photographs, "TheCeļotājs" will take you on a excursion of some of the many sights Courland Regions has to offer.
 
Situated in western Latvia, Courland roughly corresponds to the former Latvian districts of Kuldīga, Liepāja, Saldus, Talsi, Tukums and Ventspils.
 
When combined with Semigallia and Selonia, Courland's northeastern boundary is the river Daugava, which separates it from the regions of Latgale and Vidzeme. To the north, Courland's coast lies along the Gulf of Riga. On the west it is bordered by the Baltic Sea, and on the south by Lithuania. It lies between 55° 45′ and 57° 45′ North and 21° and 27° East.
 
The area comprises 27,286km² "10,535 sq. miles.", of which 262km² "101 sq. miles." is made up of lakes. The landscape generally has a low and
undulating character, with flat and marshy coastlands. The interior features wooded dunes, covered with pine, fir, birch, and oak, with swamps and lakes, and fertile patches between. Courland's elevation never rises more than 213m "700 ft." above sea level.
 
The Jelgava plain divides Courland into two parts, the western side, which is fertile and densely inhabited, except in the north, and the eastern side, less fertile and thinly inhabited.
 
Nearly one hundred rivers drain Courland, but only three of these rivers, the Daugava, the Lielupe and the Venta, are navigable. They all flow northwestward and discharge into the Baltic Sea.
 
Owing to its numerous lakes and marshes, Courland has a damp, often foggy, and changeable climate; its winters are severe.
 
As we journey through Courland Region, we will visit Blīdenes parish Cemetery which is a small cemetery located in the countryside. Not far from the cemetery is the Pilsblīdene Manor Ruins and Pilsblīdene Tower Ruins. The manor is located out in the countryside just off a gravel road like the Tower Ruins, which is just down the road. Located deep in the woods of Ods,Bārtas parish out in the middle of countryside of Neptūns, Ķīburi, Bartas parish, Grobiņa County, and down a path is the Vile Bridge Ruins that once was used to cross the Bārta River. As we are driving back from the Lībciems Former Soviet Union Missile Base, we will stop at the ruins of the former Hydroelectric Power Station located next to the Rīva River in Rīva Labrags parish. That this location the Rīva River was dammed and the water was channeled through the former power building. Today there is very little left that resembles a Hydroelectric Power Station. Also located at this spot is the Wooden Bridge over the Rīva River that leads back into the woods and a camp grounds. While out in the countryside and on a gravel road, we watched as the road was being graded. We will even see a farmer harvesting his grain crop, while other farmers have bailed their hay in to large round bales waiting to be loaded and taken to a place for storage until needed. Located in the same area, we can see a small power windmill farm and its power substation. After passing the Virga parish Mill Wall Ruins – ANNO 1892 – located along Route P106, in Lauksargi, Virga, parish, many  different times, we finally took the time to stop and explore the ruins. It was actually designed on the windmill style as could be found in the Netherlands. 
 
Also scattered through out Latvia and Courland Region we can find and will see monuments and memorials of different shapes and styles dedicated to events of the past. 
 
     

 

 



 
 
Pilsblīdene Manor Ruins
 
Dam for Former Hydroelectric Power Station Ruins in
Labrags 
 
Skrunda – Memorial Stone and Exhibit to the 1941 and 1941
Deportations
 
Commemorative Stone of the Repressed People of Virga parish,