Lighthouses in Latvia


Date of construction
65 m
Height of light
59 m
14 nmi
Ventspils municipality, Targale parish
57° 35" 99' N 21° 58" 47' E
Legends tell that the name „Mikelbaka” dates back to 1749, when the dangerous shoal of the local coast was surveyed by Mikhail Ryabinin, the midshipman of the Russian Navy. As time passed, the name was changed to a Latvian word „Mikelis”, and now represents the tallest (56 meters) lighthouse tower in the Baltic States, located opposite the mentioned shoal. The lighthouse was misconstructed in 1884 when it started to lean from the vertical axis by 12 centimetres and crack because of the heavy weight and marshy ground; therefore, it was exploded in 1932. The next tower was demolished by the storms of World War II in 1941. The present-day Miķeļbāka lighthouse was built in 1957 as indicated in the sign above its front door. Two hundred and ninety three steps lead to the top of the lighthouse, rewarding each conqueror with a view overlooking the surrounding Kurzeme coast of the Baltic Sea and a lighthouse on the Syrve peninsula of Saaremaa, which can be seen in fine weather at a distance of 35 km. 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.