On September 17, an open-air exhibition “I was crossing the Gauja River…. Ferries and bridges over the Gauja River in Sigulda” was opened within the framework of the European Heritage Days in the Turaida Museum Reserve.
The exhibition “I was crossing the Gauja River … Ferries and bridges over the Gauja River in Sigulda,” dedicated to the history of ferries and bridges in Sigulda, will be on view in the area of the Turaida Museum Reserve. The story of exhibition is composed of historical postcards and photographs, thus giving the viewer an emotionally closer reflection of the theme.
Until 1937, the only possibility to get from Sigulda to Turaida was by using ferry. The exhibition tells about the ferries in Sigulda Region, beginning from the 14th century. On 23 July 1937, in the presence of representatives of the government, the press and hundreds of viewers, the bridge over the Gauja River was unveiled – at that time it was the most advanced in Latvia. In late June or early July 1941, the fleeing Soviet army blew up the bridge. It was restored in 1950, renovated in 2017.
Materials for preparation of the exhibition are used from the collcetions of the Turaida Museum Reserve, the National Library of Latvia, the private collection of Egils Jemeļjanovs, the personal archives of Nauris Dainis, as well as from the book by Ziedonis Vecvagars “The Bridge over the Gauja River in Sigulda”.
The content of the exhibition was created by the chief specialist of the Turaida Museum Reserve, Edgars Ceske, visual design – by computer design specialist of the Turaida Museum Reserve Nauris Dainis.
Photographer: Agris Tabaks