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Street Space in the Old City of Kuldīga Town

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Street Space in the Old City of Kuldīga Town

Kuldīga old town is sited at the Venta waterfall (Ventas rumba), the widest waterfall in Europe, and stated its development with construction of the castle of the Livonian Order of Knights in the 13th century.
Characteristic feature of Kuldīga old town are narrow and picturesque streets once typical to medieval cities. Charming wooden houses dating back to the 17th - 18th century and stone buildings of the later period now form the very special ambiance of the town. These houses bare an authentic, long-time patina and serve as veritable book of history, telling about the history of the town and diverse architectural styles of those bygone times.
Today numerous streets in Kuldīga have been renewed based on the urban redevelopment ideas of the beginning of the 20th century, making it easy to recognize places that were typically depicted on the 20th century postcards. There are some new and modern elements introduced, too, such as a fountain in the Town Square and a glass bridge across Alekšupīte (Latvian for Alex Stream), which is an important water artery of the city. The city squares, like the old Hay Market Square and the Town Square, previously utilized as parking lots, have now regained their historic outlines and previous relief.

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