“TheCeļotājs” –
Liepāja City Sights in Courland
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Liepājas pilsētas objekti Kurzemē - Kur vēji trieciens
 
Liepaja Holy Trinity Lutheran Cathedral – ANNO 1742 – Front
 
Saint Anne's Lutheran Church – ANNO 1508 – Front
 
Liepaja Tirdzniecibas "Trade" Canal along the Promenade
 
 
Jana iela 18th 19th Century Storehouses
 
 
New Liepaja Fire Station and Soviet era Equipment
 
    
 
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Liepaja Holy Trinity Lutheran Cathedral Historical Alter  
 
Welcome to Liepaja and please –
 
Join "TheCeļotājs" as we explore the City of Liepaja and its surrounding areas as we explore the many historical sights that Liepaja has with its many old wooden and brick structures as well as its many historical Churches, Cathedrals, Cemeteries, Statues and Monuments Memorials that are dedicated to the person or even they were erected for. Through these many pages and photographs, we will try and show you the many sights and just what the City of Liepaja has to offer to a visitor. Depending on your interest, there is sights for everyone to see. These is also the white sand beach that is located about a 15 minute walk from the center of old town. 
 
The City of Liepaja is made up of three different areas separated by two canals that lead to the Baltic Sea. The Trade Canal and the Karosta Canal and each area has its own important history to it. Liepaja "Old Town",which is the oldest area of Liepaja has it historical wooden buildings that date back to the 1697 to two of the oldest churches and cathedrals that date back to 1508 and 1742 respectively. Then Liepaja "New Town" which is mainly industry but does have many historical churches, cemeteries and structures located through it. Then we come to Karosta, which is the former Russian Karosta "War Port" Naval Port that was built by Russian Tsar's Alexander III and Nicholas II era. and during the Soviet Union second occupation of Liepaja and Latvia it became a secret closed restricted,even to the Liepaja residents, home of the Soviet Union Naval Baltic Fleet. Karosta Naval Port became an important sea port because of it ice free harbors.
 
While in Liepaja, I visited Skede Dunes which is the largest site of the World War II Nazis Mass Murders of Liepaja's Jewish and non-Jewish people. Located in this area there are two memorials one the Soviet Union and the other one the Jewish Memorial which is dedicated to those who were murdered here during 1941-1942. There is a smaller one, which is a memorial plaque dedicated to the 3000 non-Jewish people that were also murdered here. While is the area and with the help of a satellite map showing the locations of these three (3) mass graves and the some 7500 victims that were murdered here. I walked this area and photographed the area were these mass graves were to be located. Due to the laps in time, "71 years" and the ever changing environment to the dunes, all I could do was take pan shots of the area using the satellite map. Do to the dunes are protected, there is no boundaries or outline markers to show just were these mass graves are. But there was a GPR "Ground Penetrating Radar" study made to locate the outlines of them. Maybe someday they will be outlines like other mass murder sites I have visited. For example; Runbula Forest with Six (6) Mass Graves and 25,000 victims and Biķernieku Forest with Fifty-five (55) Mass Graves and 35,000 victims. These are just a few of the mass murder sights located though out Latvia, but they are smaller ones then the three (3) listed above, which are known as the largest ones in Latvia. 
 
Also while I was in Liepaja I visited Jewish Cemetery, where there are two memorials to the Jewish people who were murdered by the invading and occupation Nazi German Army during World War II. The oldest one, is a Soviet Union memorial and the graves of those who were murdered by the Einsaztkommando that shot a group of Jewish people along with other Latvian activists and Red Army POW’s in the anti-tank ditches in Rainis Park on the 3 and 4 of July 1941. The second one and the newest one is the Jewish World War II Memorial Wall that currently list, on the Memorial Wall, which includes 6,428 names of the victims of Hitler and Stalin.  These are only a few of the many sights you will be able to see while visiting Liepaja and its surrounding area. 
 
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Liepaja Holy Trinity Cathedral – ANNO 1742 – South Side 
 
Saint Anne's Lutheran Church – ANNO 1508 – South Side 
 
 
Liepaja Tirdzniecibas "Trade" Canal North of Tram Bridge
Liepaja Peter's "Pētertirgus” Market and Pavilion
 
 
Liepaja Locomotive Water Tower