Arhitecture, monuments

Dole Recreation center

In the 17th century, a tavern was built. On 1 February 1910, the vice-governor of Vidzeme approved the
Dole Social Association’s project to build a house for the Association on the foundations of the old tavern.
Construction was funded by public donations. The house was finished on 2 October 1911. In 2009 it was

Address: Rīgas iela 26, Ķekava. T./Fax 67969224.

Ķekava primary school

What is now Ķekava Primary School was built in 1896 as the courthouse of Dole rural municipality.It was designed by architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns (1859-1928).The first floor was used by the rural municipality’s administration, court, and correspondence clerk.The basement contained apartments for the messenger, custody cells, and maintenance rooms.A meeting hall was located on the second floor. After partitions were installed, the primary school moved into this hall in 1920.The local government remained on the first floor. The school was operational until 1975, when Ķekava High School was built.The building was empty for some time until a computer center was established there, but in 1990 it reverted to being a primary school.
A monument in honor of the school’s first teachers –Pēteris Leitis, Zenta Ozoliņa and Jānis Sēja – was unveiled in 2004.

Address: Skolas iela 2, Ķekava.T.67969224

Manor house of Rāmava

The manor house was the residence of writer and publicist Garlībs Merķelis from 1808 to 1850. It is included in the national register of significant landmarks. The former building has not survived. The current manor house was rebuilt in the mid-19th century. Currently, the structure is being used as a guest house.

Address: Rāmavas iela 9, Rāmava, t. 67916202, 26133833, e -mail:,

Memorial stone to honor repressed persons from this region

This memorial stone to honor repressed persons from this region was erected in March 1990 with the support of experts from the Ķekava kolkhoz and members of the Popular Front. It is located in Odukalns next to the Riga – Bauska Highway.

Tombstone of Garlībs Merķelis

The tombstone of Garlībs Merķelis was erected from funds donated by the Latvian Association of Riga in 1869 to commemorate his 100th birthday. The tombstone is located in the Katlakalns Cemetery. Since the autumn of 1992, every year on G. Merķelis birthday, participants of “Latvieši” – a literary contest for students – gather here from all parts of Latvia.

Location: Katlakalns cemetery

E.Ostwald’s Memorial stone

E. Ostwald (1851-1932) laid the foundations for forestry and amelioration in Latvia. He was a forester with a doctorate in forestry. Several systems of forest drainage of have been developed under his direction or by following his projects. His main drainage project came to be called “Ostwald’s Canal”. E. Ostwald’s memory is preserved by his lifework: the theory of forest tenancy.

Location: The memorial stone honoring him is located approximately 2 km to the right of the Rīga–Bauska. Highway at the 15th km.

Baložu ''Varde''

In honor of the history of the city of Baloži, a monument – a fountain in the shape of a frog (the municipal coat of arms features a frog) – was unveiled in the town square in the summer of 2009.

Address: Skolas iela 4, Baloži.

Fountain in Baloži

In 1994 a fountain was installed in the Baloži basin. The largest of three fountains – it has 3 jets – was built in 2002.1/5

Address: Uzvaras Prospect, Baloži, Ķekavas novads.

 Tombstone of Johans Heinrihs Baumanis

J. H. Baumanis (1753-1832) was a painter of animals and a writer at the beginning of 19th century. His artworks were very popular, and they decorated many manor houses and burgher flats. His works are characterized by realism, warm and dark coloring. One of his most notable works is a portrait of the merchant G. K. Nestor. A keen hunter, Baumanis was also very interested in Latvian language research. He was known as “Minhauzen” of Kurzeme, mainly because of his hunting stories. He painted more than 1,700 oil paintings, most of them with themes of hunting and animals.

 Location: Katlakalns cemetery

Memorial stone for Roberts Mūrnieks

The memorial stone for Roberts Mūrnieks (1952-1991) is located at 2 Kr. Barona Street, Baloži, Ķekava District, in the inner courtyard. R. Mūrnieks was first victim of Barricade Days in Latvia – he was killed by OMON (special forces) fighters on 16 January 1991.

''Refugee road” memorial stone

In 1945, during World War 1, Courlanders and Livlanders made their way across the Daugava River and walked in the direction of Riga, Vidzeme and Russia. Since 1991, a sculpture by Vilnis Titāns has marked their path. It is called “Bēgļu Ceļš” (“Refugee Road”), and footprints of little bare feet, leading away from home, are carved in the stone.

Location: Daugmale

 Jāņu Hill – sacred hill of ancestors

Jāņu Hill – a sacred hill of ancestors – is a memorial site of heroes. This hill is located on the shores of the Daugava River, the nation’s river of destiny, in the town of Daugmale.Various historic battles, including fierce battles during World War I, have taken place in the vicinity of the hill. During Arbor Days in 1937, trees were planted here in memory of the heroic soldiers who did not spare their lives in carrying out their duty. On top of the hill, in the shade of oaks, a stone base for a Ligo bonfire erected. A monument
with the inscription “Gara spēkam un brīvībai” (“For strength of spirit and freedomt”), crafted by Tālivaldis
Muzikants, was placed here in 1994. The hill is located 1.5 km north of the 8th kilometer of road P85.

Death Island

Death Island is a gently sloping 2-km2 elevation on the left side of the Daugava River. On the west, north and east, it is bounded by the Daugava River; on the south by a small tributary of the Daugava. In the autumn of 1915, while retreating from Kurzeme and Zemgale, part of the Russian forces remained on the left shore of the Daugava and created an entrenchment at the tributary. The trenches were gradually extended, resulting in the creation of a large foothold suitable for a garrison. It was called the Bridgehead of Ikšķile. A gas attack by German forces on 25 September 1916 was the first and most powerful attack of this kind in World War I. On 27 July 1924, President Jānis Čakste unveiled a monument to honor the defenders of Death Island. Its originator and architect was Eižens Laube (1880-1967). This monument was the first one to commemorate the soldiers of World War I and the battles for independence.

Location: Daugmale

Soldiers’ cemetery at Truseļi

This soldiers’ cemetery is located near the former Jaunā (New) manor beside the old Jaunjelgava Road.
Ninety-six soldiers of the first Latvian Riflemen’s Battalion of Daugavgrīva were buried here in July 1916. The monument, designed by architect A. Birzenieks, was unveiled in 1930. Russian soldiers who died in 1915–1916 were buried in same cemetery. Soldiers who died in September and October of 1944 were also buried here. In the 1970s, Latvian riflemen and Russian soldiers who died in 1916 were exhumed from the Spieķu Kalna Cemetery and reburied here.

Address: Pļavu iela, Ķekava

Katlakalns Soldiers’ Cemetery

The Katlakalns Soldiers’ Cemetery was established in 1938. From various locations in the Katlakalns District, the remains of those who died in World War I and the battles for freedom were collected and gathered in one place. Red Army soldiers who died during the October 1944 battle of World War II are also buried here.

Location: Katlakalns