The Great Barn of Nīca

The great barn of Nīca is a locally significant and authentic architectural monument, located in the center of the Nīca. The barn will be gradually renovated by the implementation of several projects, but major reconstruction is still ahead.

The barn was built in 1853 and was included in the complex of the Great Manor of Nīca. The complex included several buildings: a residential building, a building for milk treatment, a building for a post office and a clerk, an ice cellar, a stable with a wagon shed, a barn for chickens, pigs and livestock, a threashing barn, a guard’s house, a country barn, a windmill, a cellar for potatoes, a barn for horses, as well as two sheds with a basement. The former brewery has been turned into a smithy; the former distillery has become a landless peasant’s house. There was also a beautiful pond on the territory of the manor. As it was originally built, but slightly changed, only the barn has survived to this day.

The original owners of the manor are unknown, they often changed, but it is known that for a while it belonged to the Duke of Courland Jacob. Then it was one of the largest manors of the duke. Later, in 1795, when Courland was added to Russia, the Nīca manor and parish became the property of Russia; the situation did not change until the establishment of the State of Latvia. Thus, the barn was owned by the Duchy of Courland, later by the crown manor of the Courland governorate and then it was used for municipality household. There is truly little informatin about the manor itself. Due to the fire, all documentation about the building burned down.

The barn is built of boulders and red bricks typical for the manors in the 18th and 19th centuries. With the original red tiled roof, the barn is an attractive part of the cultural landscape of Nīca. The barn is massive and laconic in shape. It was used as a warehouse. Today it is not used much but a project is underway to modernize the building and make it a museum.

We have more…


Pape was first mentioned in writings in 1253. After World War I, Pape was one of the largest fishing villages in Kurzeme, with more than 100 houses. Since 2003, the Pape Nature Park has been here, where you can find unique natural ecosystems, beautiful landscapes, and...

Monument to Sculptor Miķelis Pankoks

Miķelis Pankoks (1894–1983) was a scultor, carpenter, fisherman, autodidact with a parish school education. He was born in the family of a fisherman in "Veckupši" at Jūrmalciems. A memorial stone is installed there. During his life, he created more than 700 unique...

Skip to content