Insight into history

The route provides an opportunity to look into the various historical heritage of Salacgriva and the region, get to know the unique historical evidence and learn about known and lesser-known tourist attractions - which have played a greater or lesser role in the history of our towns.

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#1 Svētciems manor

Svētciems or Sveiciems (Neu-Salis) was founded as a manor after the same name (Dorff Swatzhem) after 1638 and belonged to the Vecsalaca castle district.

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#2 Vecsalaca manor

At the18th century Vecsalaca Manor, acquired by an old family of landlords - Ferzens - became an important center of economic and cultural life in the region.

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#3 baron Ferzen's Chapel

There is no record in the archive of the year the chapel was built. The first deceased
was laid in it in 1781.
The parish priest of Lielsalaca descended into the basement of the chapel in 1884 and found 12 coffins with the dead.
He wrote down the inscriptions on the tombstones.
Ferzeni, Hurko, Medemi, Gesvais, and Reverend Francis Hackel rest here.
 
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#4 Ferroconcrete bridge in Annasmuiža

Ferroconcrete bridge in Annasmuiža the first ferroconcrete bridge in the Baltic States was built in 1908, but  founded in June 1909. It had a great importance in the development of traffic routes in the Salaca region, because in the centre of Salacgriva there was only a ferry at that time.

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#5 The legend of Salaca castle mound

It’s impossible to say how old Salacgrīva really is. The most ancient place is considered the castle mound on the right bank of Salaca river.

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#6 Beginnings of seafaring

Where to look for the beginnings of Latvian seafaring? A great place to starti s Ainaži – a charming little seaside town which in the 19th century was one of the most important sailor and seafaring town in the Baltics. You’ll find the messengers of those times everywhwere.

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#7 Raftsmen

Many people definitely remember the Rafting Festival in Salacgriva 10 years ago. At that time the 70th anniversary year of Salacgriva town was the driving force behind the fact that the legend of Salacgriva Bubis, i.e. Roberts Spuriņš, suggested  that people and the Salaca itself should remind them of the times when the river brought rafts to the sea from near and far.

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#8 Ancient lamprey weir

Lamprey weir is a traditional and unique type of fishing, but lamprey fishing in the world is not widespread, so what you can see here in Latvia, Salacgriva, you may not see anywhere else in the world.

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#9 Salacgriva light-house

The Salacgriva Lighthouse is located on the right bank of the Salaca River in the port area.

Built in 1925 as a rectangular white tower with a red lantern.
The height of the lighthouse in meters was 8.4 m and 12.1 m above the sea level.
The lighthouse was built considering the fact that due to the many shallows, the coast between Salacgriva and Ainaži was the most dangerous area for navigation on the entire coast of the Gulf of Riga.
 
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#10 Port of Salacgriva

The Port of Salacgriva is located on the northeastern part of the Gulf of Riga at the mouth of the River Salaca, 100 km from Riga and 13 km from the Latvian-Estonian border.

Salacgriva port is the farthest north port of Latvia.
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#11 Salacgriva breakwater

In 1870, a breakwater was built out of boulders in the mouth of the Salaca River and the riverbed was deepened, which allowed  larger ships to enter the port instead of the existing barges.

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#12 Riga Street

Riga Street is the only paved street in Salacgriva and has always played an important role in the social and cultural life of the county and town.

It was home to all buildings of public importance. Beginning with the bridge and the shop and then the city administration building. The houses of Riga Street and their fates mark a vivid page in the history of Salacgriva.