“TheCeļotājs” –
Saldus – a "Drop of Honey" in Courland
Oskars Kalpaks Square –
Striķu iela 2,
Lat: N56.66590, Lon: E022.49316
Was once the central square and was the location of the central market. The inhabitants of Saldus greeted important guests on this square including Russian czar, Alexander I upon his return from traveling in Western Europe. It is told that the inhabitants welcomed the czar with such ovations that the horses were frightened, reared and overturned the carriage containing the czar. All ended well as the czar was not harmed and the locals successfully avoided punishment. Latvia’s Army’s first parade occurred here on 14 March 1919 and Minister of Defense J. Zālītis, saluted the men. Not far from Saldus in Airītes is also the spot where Latvia’s first army commander Oskars Kalpaks and officers P. Krievs, N. Grundmanis and lieutenant H. Šrinders fell in battle on 6 March 1919. However, as a result of the battle, Saldus was the first Latvian city to be liberated by Kalpaks’ forces. In his honor a monument and square have been named after commander Kalpaks. 
Today the square is favored by the locals as a spot to meet and relax in the heart of the city. Concerts and city festivals occur regularly and the town Christmas tree is lit annually in addition to fireworks on New Years’ Eve. [See History of Oskars Kalpaks]
Revised: 07/19/2013 – 00:50:35