Lighthouses in Latvia


Date of construction
19 m
Height of light
44 m
15 nmi
Ventspils District, Uzhava parish
57° 12" 55' N 21° 24" 88' E
The Užava lighthouse has been ranked among the most beautiful lighthouses of Latvia. It is built on one of the three high coats by the Baltic Sea. From a distance, the coast resembles a baking oven, thus a German-type name Backofen was given to the lighthouse in the 19th century. The lighthouse stands in a hard-to-reach place, on a 28 m high sand-hill, which is permanently threatened by the Baltic Sea waves. For this reason, the first coastal reinforcement – a dense log wall was constructed as far back as 1910. Later, fir-tree baskets filled with pebble stones, and big boulders were used instead. Today, the base of the lighthouse is protected by huge blocks of reinforced concrete. The original tower of the Užava lighthouse was destroyed by artillery shells during World War I. The present-day lighthouse tower is 19 m tall and its construction was completed in 1925. And the inscription of the year 1924 on a weather vane on the tower’s dome roof marks the beginning of construction works of the Užava lighthouse. Andris Cekuls


e-Book & Music

The aim of the project

The aim of the project is to show cultural and historical worth of lighthouses, while being the heritage of Latvia, and let the audience feel the unique atmosphere of lighthouses.

To show cultural, historical and architectural worth and variety of lighthouses by means of art photography and music. Sounds from the inside of lighthouses, sounds around them and stories of workmen were used to create a musical composition.