In his practice he applied physiotherapy and climatotherapy. During World War Two almost all main buildings of the sanatorium were destroyed and it was rebuilt later. Only the tower and gallery annexes remained, as well as the sanatorium entrance gates.
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The monument is based on folk traditions, depicting Bearslayer’s fight with the dragon. Bearslayer is the symbol of Latvian culture, embodying the fight against the Dark Forces, liberating Latvia from all evil. The sculpture and the square were restored in 2003, and in 2006 the fountain “Horizon” was opened.
There are playgrounds for children of various ages, paths to enjoy rollerblading and walks, a skate-park, street-ball fields, cafés, parking sites, toilets. The park is open all year round.
“Sun Boats”, the sails of which are formed of a fine spray that reflects a rainbow, stimulates calm meditation in the city centre. It is fascinating to visit the port together with the “Ship Watcher”, its stone “head” decorated with tousled “hair” – water spurts.
“Mill Stones” at Dzirnavu Square 5, with 33 effluent water spurts, is not only a unique artistic environment object, but is also evidence of the former role of this square, where mills were once located.
The fountains that please observers at the Vidumgrāvis and Reņķa garden ponds go up as high as 7 metres. And the water flowing among the bright giant drops at Ventspils High School reminds of lazy students’ tears.
The islands almost divide the lake into three parts, one of which is occupied by the Moricsala Reserve, which is rich in flora and fauna. Moricsala is inhabited, similarly to Viskūžu Island. Despite its depth, it has many shallow places. The shores of the lake are mainly sandy. There are forests, recreation centres and campsites in the area.
Thetypesof fish living in the lake include pike, carp, bream and perch. Usma Lake is fed by ten rivers – Tīrukšupe, Godele, Melncelma, Meķupe, Sērža, Ostupe, Baņģava, Struncene, Riekte and Kāņupe. There is a nature reserve not far from the lake. The area of the reserve is 3469.2 ha.
The foot of the oak was considered to be a cult location in ancient times. The people living in the neighbourhood also think that, prior to starting a long journey, one must come to the oak for the journey to be successful.
The tree is included in the list of archaeological monuments as a cult location for ancient Latvians. As an old tree of national significance, it is also included in the list of specially protected objects of nature. At present, the Kaive old oak is the eleventh thickest and the top big oak in the Baltic Region and in Eastern Europe.
There are different thoughts about its actual age – some say it is 800-1000 years old. Its circumference is presently 10.2 metres. The tree can be encompassed by nine persons with outstretched arms.
The interior of the house has been well-preserved, since almost 50 years after the war the Benjamiņš’ residence served as a guest house for authorities of the Soviet Union. Today the building houses art works from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The fence along Jūras Street is one of the most splendid fences in Jūrmala, designed by architect S. Antonovs.
Ungurmuiža's buildings and park are an architectural monument of national importance. They is situated in the Gauja National Park and wonderful landscapes and protected sites of nature are found in its vicinity: ancient trees, caves and cliffs, lakes and castle mounds. This is the only manor house from this period in Latvia which has been preserved up to the present.
The interior paintings are surprisingly well-preserved. Visitors can enjoy the special atmosphere of the manor house by taking a walk in the park beneath the huge oak-trees or enjoying tea in the Tea House. Ungurmuiža manor house offers:
- A guided tour of Ungurmuiža manor house in Latvian or in a foreign language;
- Premises for seminars and festivities
- Double room accommodation;
- Meals for tourist groups;
- Afternoon tea on Sundays.
The facade is decorated with a red-brick finish. The castle is surrounded by a park with a terrace with a view to the lake. The masters’ house was built in 1881 and it is in the style of Tudor neo-Gothic. The architectural-artistic arrangement of Zvartava Castle does not conform any more to the language of the Tudor neo-Gothic forms of the 1930s-60s century. It is original and expresses local views on the understanding of the style of the past. Interior decoration has partly remained.
Various international workshops for artists, exhibitions and other interesting events take place in Zvartava. There is a hotel in the castle where all tourists are welcomed. Nature, beautiful Zvartava lake, the possibility to go for a ride in boats that can be rented at the bank of the lake, walk around the castle park – it is a great possibility to take a rest from the everyday rush and troubles and enjoy a romantic rest.