|Liepāja Holy Trinity Cathedral
The ancient church is an outstanding sample of the
architecture of Baroque era, one of the most impressive historical buildings in
Liepāja Holy Trinity Cathedral is a cultural tourism
object of an international significance. The number of visitors to the
cathedral increases already 30,000 guests per year
from Latvia and abroad.
On July 19, 1742, the
foundation stone was laid and the church was named Holy Trinity.
On December 5, 1758, the construction work was
completed and the church was solemnly consecrated.
The construction plan
of the building was prepared by Master Mason Johan Christoph Dorn from
Konigsberg. The pilasters, eaves, window ledges and portals of the church were
chiselled from Gotland sandstone; the façade originally was made of small-sized
yellow bricks, so called Dutch bricks.
In 1866, in compliance
with the original project, the third level of the tower was built and also the
fourth one was assembled from metal constructions. The tower - landmark of the city - is almost 55 metres
high, and it overlooks the panorama- the city between the lake and sea.In the 60s of the 19th
century, the façade was plastered with Roman cement, so the church obtained its
current “grey” image.
In 20th century steam central heating
was built and electric lighting installed.