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Līgatne
Līgatne

Ligatne Village is the historical complex of paper industry consisting of the Paper-Mill and the village for Mill’s workers. Continuity, industrial and cultural heritage, wild nature, local traditions- these are the main features describing Ligatne Village.

 

Līgatne Tourism Information Centre

Address Spriņģu iela 2, Līgatne
Coordinates 57.233661   25.040157
Phone +371 64153169
e-mail info@visitligatne.lv
www www.visitligatne.lv
Working hours May - September
9.00 - 18.00
October - April
9.00 - 17.00

 

The history of Ligatne Paper-Mill dates back to 1815 when the first 17 tons of paper were produced in the water-mill of Paltmale manor. Meanwhile the founders of the production built the factory and constructed the system of channels and sluices for the needs of production. The Main or Middle Factory was built in 1830 and production has never stopped there since that time. Initially the paper was made of the old linen rugs, later the wooden pulp was used and now the factory is 100% nature friendly producing paper of waste-paper only.

 

The historical village of Ligatne Paper-Mill today reminds of the end of 19th Ct when the Paper-Mill was mostly developed. In the 1890-ties an advanced social system was introduced in Ligatne. Wooden row-houses were built in the village and the flats were granted to the families of workers. Electricity, water and firewood were also granted without charge. The school was founded by the Mill for the workers’ children. Birth-hospital, pharmacy and hospital were available without charge. In the very centre of Ligatne a spacious club was built which became the centre of cultural life of Ligatne providing library and chance to attend concerts and theatre plays.

 

As the political systems and owners of the Mill changed this social system ceased to exist, but the Mill, the people and the buildings stayed. Today most of the buildings are used for the same or similar functions as in 19th Ct. The workers’ houses are still inhabited, the club serves as the culture centre of Ligatne, the Paper-Mill still produces paper.

 

The Village is surrounded by the beautiful nature of the Gauja river valley. Nature and humans have co-existed here for the centuries. As an evidence the unique cellar-caves of Ligatne can be mentioned. The caves have been dug into the sandstone cliffs since the end of 18th Ct. They have served as the cellars for potatoes and other vegetables ever since.

 

 


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