Ventspils is a coastal city in northwestern Latvia. Covering 55.4 sq km (21.4 sq mi), it has a population of 44,000 people, making it the sixth most populous city in the country. The city is located at the mouth of the Venta River as it empties into the Baltic Sea. Ventspils means "Castle on Venta River".
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Lighthouses in Ventspils, Latvia
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More on VentspilsAs with many cities in Latvia, Ventspils had its start around a medieval castle. Ventspils Castle, built next to the Venta River in the 13th century, is the oldest and best preserved of the Livonian Order castles.
In the 14th century Ventspils was a trading city and member of the Hanseatic League. The city was destroyed a number of times, during the Polish-Swedish War and the Great Northern War. Its population was shaved by a plague which swept through the region in 1711.
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When the city came under the Russian Empire, its growth was stalled until the middle part of the 19th century, when it began to grow again through trade and shipbuilding. It also became one of the most important ports for Russia.
Today Ventspils has a highly developed economy compared to the rest of Latvia. Transport, storage and communication is the biggest contributor to its economy, followed by the construction sector.
Visiting VentspilsYou can reach Ventspils by bus from Riga and Liepāja.
Port in Ventspils
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Places of Interest in Ventspils
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