Sightseeing objects in Koknese
You may start sightseeing by visiting Tourism Information Centre, 3 Blaumaņa street. You will be provided with all the necessary information on sightseeing in Koknese, Aizkraukle district and all Latvia. Souvenirs and tourist guides are available there.
Ruins of the Koknese Castle
In 1209 Bishop Albert ordered a stone castle to be built to replace the ancient Latvian wooden castle. During the Swedish War Saxons blew up the castle when retreating in 1701 and it was never restored. By 1966 the Castle ruins were high up on a hill, but when the Pļaviņu Hydroeletric Power Station was built its foundation was flooded by the waters of the Daugava and the Pērse.
A legend tells us story about the lord of the castle who having heard that his daughter wanted to marry a common gardener locked her up in the highest tower and killed the gardener who was not going to give up his beloved. When seeing this, the daughter jumped down the tower. The daughter had been seen many times afterwards sitting on a stone on the Pērse bank and combing her hair. If anyone approached she disappeard, but if the person retreated she ran after him believing that he might be her sweetheart.
Entrance fee to the Castle ruins:
- LVL 1,00 for adults
- LVL 0,50 for schoolchildren, students, pensioners
- group discounts 5% - 10%
- Entrance free of charge to children of pre-school age, politically repressed and disabled persons (on producing an appropriate card).
Koknese Manor Ensemble
One of the buildings that has survived by now is the steward's house where the writer Rūdolfs Blaumanis lived during the years 1885 - 87. In commemoration of this a memorial plaque was unveiled in 1993. Another building is a stone - wall stable with a long red brick arcade in the centre. Today the building houses the Vidusdaugava Forestry.
Stone Gateway of Koknese Secondary School, once was a gateway to the manor house. Sweeping around the ponds, the old road with stone posts will take you to Koknese park. It is a place where the change of seasons can be enjoyed to the full and anyone can learn about the cultural heritage and rare and protected species of plants and trees.
I. Gaišs Koknese Secondary School
I. Gaišs Koknese Secondary School was opened in 1965. I. Gaišs was an outstanding educator and the school was named after him. In the schoolyard one can see a memorial stone to the first Latvian school in Koknese, opened more than 300 years ago by Ernest Glūck.
Today the once luxurious New Palace exhibits only its cellars and ruins of the foundation. The Palace was designed by the architect K. Neiburger in 1894 for the estate owner baron O. von Levenstern. During World War I the Palace was partly ruined and it was not restored later. In the year 1905 rebels locked up the baron and his family members in the cellars of the New Palace.
Stone monument "Pērse girl"
If you follow the path to the right, it will take you to the banks of the river Pērse where the stone monument the "Pērse Girl" was erected in memory of the legendary Pērse waterfall flooded in 1966.
Ring - shaped crosses and cast iron cannons
Descending from Jānis hillock (Jāņu kalns) down the path running along the Pērse bank you will reach the ring - shaped crosses and cast iron cannons of the Swedish times.
In 1947 a graveyard to the victims of World War II
In 1947 a graveyard to the victims of World War II was laid out in the park and 29 soldiers killed in the neighbourhood of Koknese were reburied there.
Koknese Lutheran Church
Going along the Daugava bank against the stream we reach the Koknese Lutheran Church, built in 1687. Pastor Ernest Glūck preached there during the years 1687 - 1702. The church is open daily in summer time. The big cast iron bell can be admired in the church spire. The interior has been decorated with pictures by the painter A. Dobenbergs.