Lighthouses in Latvia


Date of construction
36 m
Height of light
38 m
15 nmi
Targale municipality, Ventspils district
57° 34" 12' N 21° 42" 95' E
From olden days bonfires have been made here and burning tar barrels have been lifted up. The Oviši lighthouse marks hazardous shoals and abrupt changes in the trend of the coast. According to legend, it was once a settlement of plunderers, who used to make false watch-fires to rob seamen on stranded ships and steal the shipload. The ancient sailing maps call this place Luserort. The word originates from Swedish ‘lysa’, meaning “to burn”, and ‘ort’ which stands for “cape”. The Oviši lighthouse is the Latvia’s oldest functioning lighthouse, which started its operation as far back as 1814. It was not only a navigational aid, but also a coast-guard construction in the 19th century, which is proved by external masonry walls more than half a meter thick. The Oviši lighthouse tower is 37 m tall and is designed as a double cylinder – inside there is a second tower 3.5 m in diameter behind the outer walls of the lighthouse. The interspace has been used for lifting or lowering various equipment and items. The ground floor presents an interesting exhibition on the background of Latvia’s lighthouses. 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.