Sloka, Latvia

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Sloka
neighbourhood
Sloka's church
Sloka's church
Coat of arms of Sloka
Coat of arms
Location in Jūrmala
Location in Jūrmala
Country  Latvia
City Jūrmala
First mentioned 1255
Town rights 1785
City rights 1878
Included in Jūrmalā 1959
Area
 • Total 4.8 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 6,013
 • Density 1,252.7/km2 (3,244/sq mi)

Sloka is a residential area and neighbourhood of the city Jūrmala, Latvia.

History[edit]

Sloka is first mentioned in historical records in 1255 under the names Slock and Schlocken. It developed as a fishing village at the river Slocene under the Livonian Order. During the 17th century the Duke of Courland established lime kilns, copper furnaces and a foundry in Sloka. As part of Courland, the village became Lutheran and the first church was built in 1567. The Sloka railway station was established in 1877. Under Russian law, Sloka gained town rights in 1878. It existed as a separate town until 1959 when it was merged with Ķemeri and the Riga district of Jūrmala to form the City of Jūrmala. [2]

Sloka in the late 18th century. Johann Christoph Brotze.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jūrmalas pilsētas teritorijas plānojums
  2. ^ JŪRMALA, Nature and Cultural Heritage, Ed. LaimaSlava, Neputns 2004, ISBN 9984-729-49-4, pages 78-83

External links[edit]

Media related to Sloka at Wikimedia Commons


Coordinates: 56°57′N 23°37′E / 56.950°N 23.617°E / 56.950; 23.617