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KABILE (KABILLEN)

          Travellers entering the eastern part of Kuldīga District near the boundaries of Saldus, Tukums and Talsi districts should visit the Kabile Manor architectural ensemble (18th century). It is comprised of the lord’s house, the manor steward’s house, a granary, a laundry room and a deer shed. The surviving fragments of the lord’s house, especially the Rococo ceiling ornaments (second half of the 18th century), are witness to the high professional skills of their unknown author and the considerable means of the manor’s owner von Ber (Kabile had been under the ownership of this family since 1687).
          In 1810 the manor became the property of Count Heinrich von Keyserling. He was a great admirer of Beethoven and held many concerts in his home, often with the participation of the composer’s friend Karl Ferdinand Amenda.
          Kabile was the birthplace of Count Alexander von Keyserling (1815-1891), a Baltic German natural scientist and co author of the then popular work “The geology of Russia in Europe and the Ural mountains" (1845). The pastor of German descent and Latvian folklorist Georgs Frīdrihs Bitners (1805-1883) lived and worked in the Kabile vicarage. In 1844 he published the first extensive collection of Latvian folk songs (2854 folk songs).

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