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Atmodas street in Aizpute
Atmodas street in Aizpute
Flag of Aizpute
Coat of arms of Aizpute
Coat of arms
Aizpute is located in Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°43′N 21°36′E / 56.717°N 21.600°E / 56.717; 21.600Coordinates: 56°43′N 21°36′E / 56.717°N 21.600°E / 56.717; 21.600
Country Latvia
DistrictAizpute municipality
Town rights1378
 • MayorJuris Grasmanis
 • Total6.9 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
 • Total5 104
 • Density742/km2 (1,920/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Calling code+371 634
Number of city council members11

Aizpute (German: Hasenpoth) is a town in western Latvia's Aizpute Municipality in the valley of Tebra River, 50 km (31 mi) northeast of Liepāja.


Ruins of Aizpute Castle, build in 13th century.

The territory of modern Aizpute was inhabited by ancient Curonians since the 9th century. St. John Lutheran church was built on the Curonian hillfort. In the 13th century during the Livonian crusade, the territory of Aizpute was conquered by German crusaders. In 1248 the master of the Livonian Order Dietrich von Grüningen ordered the building of a stone castle in Aizpute. The castle and the whole settlement became known as Hasenpoth. After the partition of Courland in 1253 Aizpute became part of the Bishopric of Courland. In 1260 Aizpute church was built.

Bishop of Courland Otto granted Magdeburg rights to Aizpute in 1378.

In the second half of the 16th century Aizpute experienced rapid development because the Tebra river was used as the main trade route for the merchants of Aizpute who shipped their cargo down to the sea. After the Polish-Swedish war all trade and shipping infrastructure was destroyed and Aizpute started to experience decline. During the period 1611-1795 it was under the power of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth as a capital of the semi-autonomous Powiat Piltynski (District of Piltene).

In 1795 Aizpute and the whole of Courland was incorporated into the Russian Empire and became part of the Courland Governorate. During the Russian revolution of 1905 Aizpute was one of the places where local revolutionists showed armed resistance to Cossack punitive units. It led to the so-called Aizpute War.

During the period of the Republic of Latvia, Aizpute became the centre of a district, but in the Soviet period it became incorporated into Liepāja District. In 2009 Aizpute became the centre of Aizpute Municipality.

Its current name is the Lettization of the German one and is officially in use since 1917.

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