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Pirmdiena, 30.11.2015
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Pāvilosta city

 Pāvilosta Local History Museum
and Boathouse

Dzintaru iela 1, Pāvilosta, Pāvilostas novads

Tel.+371 63498276,+371 29226273


Working hours:

15.09.-14.05. Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00,

15.05.-14.09. Wed-Fri 9:00-17:00, Sat, Sun 12:00-16:00

Entrance fee:

  • EUR 0,25 for students;
  • EUR 0,50 for pensioner, disabled people;
  • EUR 1,00 for adults,
  • Visiting the exhibition EUR 0,25
  • guide service in the museum  EUR 3,00
  • tours around Pāvilosta and the neighbourhood  EUR 10,00 in hour
  •  exhibition space for rent - EUR 4,50 (one hour)
   On 22 May 1879, the German Baron Otto Friedrich von Lilienfeld founded a harbour town, naming it after his brother Paul Lilienfeld, governor of the Courland Governorate – Paulshafen (later named Pavlovskaja gavan, Pāvilosta at present) and laid the foundation of the first brick building at Pāvilosta – a pilot house built from red bricks and rocks. From 1992, on the initiative of historian Orida Grīnberga, the building has been hosting the Pāvilosta local history museum, in which more than 8,000 articles are displayed. The museum is proud of its many unique articles, which deserve to be seen; bronze Latvian brooches and belts made in the 18th century, items used for fishing, a piano made by the Riga craftsman Ludwig Theodor Aull "L. Th. Aull", made in the 1960s, one of the most ancient known works of art made by the craftsman, a folk costume of the Saka region, which won 1st prize in the competition of folk costumes of the XXIII Latvian General Song and Dance Festival held in 2003. In 2012, the attics of the museum were transformed into an exhibition hall.
   The Boat House is located near the museum for displaying large exhibits. Once, a boat was kept inside the building used by the rescue team (the first team was set up in 1891) to rescue fishermen and mariners at sea. The team was led by an experienced fisherman, Otto Butlers, and later by Jānis Freimanis. They managed to rescue 118 fishermen and mariners. They were granted cash prizes and government medals for their work on multiple occasions.



Pāvilosta (Āķagals) Big Boulder (Sea Boulder)

  Fifty metres into the sea from the seashore, the waves bathe the Great Boulder (Jūrasakmens) of Pāvilosta - the largest sea boulder along the shore of the Baltic Sea in Kurzeme. It rises 3.5 metres above the ground (1.5 metres in water); its circumference is 15 metres. In Soviet times, this boulder served as a landmark because the civilians were permitted to move along the seashore from jetty Z up to the Great Boulder.

Pāvilosta jetties
  In the winter of 1878, the German Baron Otto Friedrich von Lilienfeld began the construction of two parallel jetties – the North jetty and the South jetty, at his own expense. The original harbour gate was made from the rows of piles and stone stacks piled on juniper branches. Stone stack piling was done by women. In 1929, the jetties were extended using concrete blocks. The length of the channel was 950 metres. However, the narrow entrance of the channel (52 metres) and the jetties built in parallel, made the vessel traffic difficult. In Soviet times, when the jetties were guarded by border guards, walks along them were prohibited. About ten years ago, there were no longer any bans; however, the stone stack had become dangerous for walks due to the impact of storms and ice movement. In 2010, the jetties were reconstructed; they are now safe for walks again. At present, the length of the North and the South jetties is 287 metres and 297.5 metres, respectively.


Ship “Dole”

   RB type fishing vessels dominated in the fleet of Pāvilosta fishermen collective farm "Dzintarjūra" in 1950-ties and 60-ties which were built in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Dimensions of the ship: length – 18.20 m, width – 5.22 m, height – 2.5 m. The ship was to Pāvilosta Local History Museum, and, owing to support of the State Culture Capital Foundation it was restored in 2005 and serves as a tourism object.


Grey Dune

  Grey dunes of Pāvilosta are one are one of the most varied grey dunes in Latvia – they are included in the list of EU protected biotopes. They spread to the north from the Saka mouth within the length of 1.5km and their width reaches 200, and even 740m in some places. The area of the Nature Reserve "Pāvilosta Grey Dune" is 42,5 ha. The Nature Reserve was established on October 30, 2007 so that to provide the largest grey dune in Latvia, a speciially protected biotope – a grey dune covered by caulescent plants, grey dunes with shrubbery stands, woody seaside dunes, dry heath of sand plains of the coastal lowland and protection of the specially protected species living there.
Storm Pine-tree
  It has spited the severe gales for years. It is still alive even not being in the lee side. Every morning the pine sees off fishermen to the sea, but in the evenings it meets them at home.


E.Šneiders’ Square

   The former marketplace. The building at E. Šneiders’ Square 2 is the former Pāvilosta Elementary School which was built as a pharmacy but now is an art school. A monument to Ernests Šneiders (1892-1948), a teacher, social worker, founder of planting of greenery of the village.


“Church Hill”
   An archeological monument of national importance – a Stone Age settlement. The recreation centre of Pāvilosta is located in Church Hill. The building was built in 1909 as Pāvilosta Brothers parish preaching house.


Semicentennial Park
   It is made in honour of semicentennial of the town of Pāvilosta. The oak planted by the State President Gustavs Zemgals in 1929 grows in the park.


Centennial Park
   It is made in honour of the centennial of Pāvilosta with the great stone in the center of the park. The monument for the victims of retaliation of 1941 and 1949 is placed in the park. A lime-tree planted by the State President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga in 2007 grows in the park. In the town festival each Honorary person planted a tree in the park in honour of the 130th anniversary of Pāvilosta.



Upesmuiža Park
  Upesmuiža Park the area of which is 7.5 ha is arranged around the former castle ensemble. The ancient, original stone stairs have remained in the park, as well as the former forestry building of the estate which was built around 1836. A stone bench has remained in the park since bygone days, perimeter of which is 5.55m. A story has been recorded about it (A.Grīnbergs, March 25, 2002): a falling tree killed the estate manager’s daughter in this place and afterwards the estate manager liked to stay in this place, therefore a bench was put in this place. The Great stone of Upesmuiža Park is located there which is a potential cult stone. It is 3.3m long, 2.9m wide and 1.5m high. 


Pāvilosta Evangelical Lutheran Church
Brīvības Street 26, Pāvilosta,
Tel.+371 63498276, +371 29226273

(you are requested to register your visit in advance)

   In 1930, more than 400 parishioners and 50 Sunday school students lived in Pāvilosta and the closest church was 7km far. On January 6, 1930, a decision was adopted in the meeting of Sakasleja parish council to build a church in Pāvilosta. 


Baptist Church
Klusā Street 8, Pāvilosta
Tel.+371 63498351, +371 26792857
(you are requested to register your visit in advance)
   In 1897, Baron Otto Friedrich von Lilienfeld gave a permission to build a church and allocated a building plot from the land belonging to him. Construction work of the church was started in 1900, but on December 10, 1906, the 1st service was held in the newly-built church.


Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church
Viršu street 1, Pāvilosta
+371 26578580 (Priest), +371 26615398 (Alma)
(you are requested to register your visit in advance)
   After the Second World War in the 50-ties of XX century more than 100 Catholic people were moved from Grīņi and Jūrkalne to Pāvilosta. On May 7, 1998, Catholic parish was established and therefore the possibility to build a Catholic church in Pāvilosta was provided.
   The location for the church was selected by support and recommendation of Pāvilosta Council. Owing to the care of Latvian emigrant Bruno Danis living in Australia, organizer’s talent of Dean Vilhelms Lapelis, skills of the company workers and work of several people living in Pāvilosta, the new Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church was built in 1999. It was dedicated on September 23, 2000.