Klaipėda – for the city and for the world…
Klaipėda is the oldest city in Lithuania founded in 1252, when the Livonian Order built Memelburg Castle in the place where the Curonian lagoon meets the Baltic Sea.
The city founders signed an agreement of the construction of both Memelburg castle and the city; the founders had a clear vision of spreading the faith and becoming an important defensive fort. They wanted well-beeing for the citizens and wished the city „ great happiness and salvation”. Over time, numerous chronicles narrated the attacks by foreign forces and fierce battles for the Memel castle, the main fortress of the city, which was later renamed Klaipėda.
Klaipėda is a city of water. The poetess Agnes Megel called it „A shining water land”. Flowing through the city like a stream of life, the windruffled River Dangė encourages individuality and gives strength to the citizens. The Curonian lagoon and the Baltic Sea open roads to the world.
Founded by the Livonian order, Klaipėda boasts a rich history. In 14th century, the Order transferred the city to the German Order. Later Klaipėda became a Prussian city and was famous as the strongest fortress of the country. During the Napoleonic period, the city became the temporary capital of Prusssia; this was an exceptional period of the city’s history. In 1809, the October Edict, which abolished serfdom in Prussia, was signed in Klaipėda, and significant country reforms were initated.
Today Klaipėda is a beautiful, attractive, hospitable city, open to the world and to the people.
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