VENTSPILS

VENTSPILS

Ventspils is a city in northwestern Latvia in the Kurzeme (Courland) region of Latvia, the sixth largest city in the country. As of 2006, Ventspils had a population of 43,806. Ventspils is situated on the Venta River and the Baltic Sea, and has an ice-free port. The city's name literally means "Castle on the Venta" referring to the Venta River. Ventspils developed around the Livonian Order castle, built along the Venta River. It was chartered in 1314 and became an important mercantile city of the Hanseatic League. 

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