Durbe (About this soundpronunciation ; German: Durben, Lithuanian: Durbė, Polish: Dorbiany, Russian: Дурбе Durbe/Дурбен Durben) is a town in Latvia. Durbe was first noted in 1260, when the Battle of Durbe occurred near Lake Durbe.

Durbe castle ruins
Durbe castle ruins
Coat of arms of Durbe
Coat of arms
Durbe is located in Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°35′20″N 21°22′10″E / 56.58889°N 21.36944°E / 56.58889; 21.36944Coordinates: 56°35′20″N 21°22′10″E / 56.58889°N 21.36944°E / 56.58889; 21.36944
Country Latvia
DistrictDurbe municipality
Town rights1893
 • Total1.6 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
 • Total620
 • Density387.5/km2 (1,004/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Calling code+371 634

Town rights were granted to Durbe in 1893 and confirmed in 1917. Durbe manor served as the headquarters of a German brigade in 1917.

Town coat of arms was granted in 1925 - a silver apple tree. In Latvian folklore an apple tree is considered a magical source of youth and sympathy.

Durbe Lutheran church

Notable peopleEdit

Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics (1887 - 1925), Prime Minister of Latvia and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

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