St. Anne’s Lutheran Church is one of the largest and certainly the oldest church in Liepaja. First written references about this church were found in documents dated in 1508. Initially wooden St. Anne’s Church was built by the Master of Livonian Order and was located elsewhere in Liepaja. Construction works of the wooden church were finished in 1587. In the 17th century, the wooden church was bordered with brick walls, the tower was raised up and the majestic baroque style hand made wooden altar of 9.7 meter height, and 5.8 meter width was projected and built by Nicholas Sofrensa. During 17th, 18th and 19th centuries the building was several times renewed, rebuilt and renovated. In the end of the 19th century city architect MP Berchi order to rebuild the tower of the Church.
In the end of 19th century master Karl Hermann designed large organs - the owner of a majestic sound. The spellbinding Gothic style façade and remarkable interior are worth of seeing. Dark wooden seats are pointed into an outstanding three levels wooden altar embellished with wooden figures of the Saints’.References:
Sirmione castle was built near the end of the 12th century as part of a defensive network surrounding Verona. The castle was maintained and extended first as part of the Veronese protection against their rivals in Milan and later under the control of the Venetian inland empire. The massive fortress is totally surrounded by water and has an inner porch which houses a Roman and Medieval lapidary. From the drawbridge, a staircase leads to the walkways above the walls, providing a marvellous view of the harbour that once sheltered the Scaliger fleet. The doors were fitted with a variety of locking systems, including a drawbridge for horses, carriages and pedestrians, a metal grate and, more recently, double hinged doors. Venice conquered Sirmione in 1405, immediately adopting provisions to render the fortress even more secure, fortifying its outer walls and widening the harbour.
Thanks to its strategical geographical location as a border outpost, Sirmione became a crucial defence and control garrison for the ruling nobles, retaining this function until the 16th century, when its role was taken up by Peschiera del Garda.