Lighthouses in Latvia


Date of construction
32 m
Height of light
32 m
16 nmi
Liepaja, Liepaja trade port
56° 31" 01' N 20° 59" 54' E
As the legend implies, the cast-iron tower of the Liepaja lighthouse was built in 1868 from some remelted ship wreckage. According to the second version, there was not enough metal for casting the iron tower blocks, so it was decided to remelt ten cannons that have been taken out of the Moskva battleship, which sank in 1758. The ship now lies deep in the Baltic Sea near Ziemupe. During its lifetime, the Liepāja lighthouse suffered from shooting attacks during World War I, when its tower was hit by 16 shells fired by the battle cruiser Augsburg from the German Navy. Their traces have survived to the present day. The changed cast-iron sheets have the inscription KOD, which means that the new sheets were made here in Liepāja, Karaosta. The Liepāja lighthouse is one-of-a-kind construction in Latvia; its tower is equivalent in height to a five-storey building. Inside the tower there is an open-work spiral staircase of wrought iron of one hundred and forty nine steps. 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.