Liepaja, third largest city in Latvia and the biggest city in Kurzeme, just like the majority of the Baltic cities, has an immense historical, industrial and state significance. The city, where the wind is born has been the most important non-freezing port in the region and has managed to be a capital of Latvia. But first things first.
The first mentions of the settlement date back to the 13th century and since then has been a prominent entrepot for travelers and merchants. Since the 15th century, a trade route between Amsterdam and Moscow was established through Liepaja (which was back then called Liva Portus), and with time the amount of transported cargo has only increased – in the beginning of the 20th century it was the starting point for the steamships that headed for New-York. Among other infrastructural achievements of Liepaja are the development of the telegraphic connection between Russia and Denmark, the establishment of “Liepājas Metalurgs” metallurgy factory and first city trams in the Baltics. Of course, the main significance in the history of Latvia Liepaja got from the status of the capital of Latvia, when the temporary government was held on the “Saratov” steamship that was stationed in the port of Liepaja.
The amazing history of this city is evident even today – Liepaja is the center of the region in all areas, that’s why one can clearly say that this broadcast will always have something to look at.
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