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    Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    by Raimix Updated Jun 26, 2009

    Church for Catholics here was built in 1902. It looks as neo-baroque structure.

    It is located on Hill of Churches, where other two different religion trends churches stand – Lutheran and Russian Orthodox.

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    Daugavpils Fortress

    by Raimix Updated Jun 26, 2009

    Fortress is one of these sights that is called symbol of city. Actually most of visitors come to Daugavpils just to see this technologically and architecturally progressive (at first half of 19th century) structure.

    It consists of main citadel and ditch, 8 bastions and ravelins. All territory is oval; the middle of it is a square for parades. Fortress also has houses of administrative purposes and for living.

    Actually we visited it at dark time; we were told about possibilities to see here ghosts if we entrance some quite ruined buildings. We tried it, but … nothing ;) Maybe next time.

    Looking for ghosts Cannons

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    Ss Boris and Gleb Orthodox Cathedral

    by Raimix Updated Jun 26, 2009

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    This beautifully looking Orthodox Cathedral was built in 1905. I think it is used as a main church, here, in Daugavpils.

    It is located in territory, called “Hill of Churches”. It is eminence place, where three churches stand not so far from each other – Russian Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran.

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    University and theatre etc.

    by yumyum Written Nov 24, 2006

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    In the same street as the impressive university building (photo 1) is also a theatre (photo 2). On the third photo there is another small hotel which is in the same street and the tram runs through it.

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    Fortress

    by yumyum Written Nov 24, 2006

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    The fortress was built in the place of former fortifications and town at the end of 16th century. The fortress ensemble consists of buildings in classical and empire style. It is situated on the right side of Daugava river and there is a bridgehead on the left side.

    Tsar Alexander I approved a building force under engineer colonel J. Hekkel to build a fortress to fortify the Russian borders. The construction was started in 1810 with a force of 10000 solders and 2000 craftsmen from Vitebsk province. Planned building time was 3 years. And it was supposed to hold 7000 people when finished. In summer 1812 the French army tried to capture the fortress but failed. Later the Russians destroyed it, so that there was nothing to captures in a new French attempt. In 1819 the Russians tested the remnants with gun shots and because damage was insignificant, they went to contruct a 5 km long fortification rampart with 4 gates - Alexander's, Konstantin's, Nicholas' and Michaels'. In the 1827 they built the hospital. In May 1833 there was the consecration of the fortress which Tsar Nicholas I and higer clergy. In 1878 the fortress was finally finished and covered an area of 40 ha. In 1897 it served as a fortress-warehouse and for imprisonment. Between 1920 and 1940 it was used by the Latvian army. In 1941-1944 the Germans set up the "Shtalag-340" concentration camp. From 1948 the Soviet army made itself resident. From 1994 it was again under Latvian adminstration and in 1998 finally became state real estate.

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    St. Petri Cathedral

    by yumyum Written Nov 24, 2006

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    This catholic church was constructed from 1838 and finally finished after 10 years. With its dome it apparently resembles St. Pauls in Rome. It is located off the pedestrian street in the center of town.

    St. Petri Cathedral

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  • Polish Memorial in Daugavpils

    by henrykkanada Written Apr 26, 2006

    After 1918, various parts of the Russian empire aspired their freedom and pursued it militarily. The Latvian Army was assisted by the Polish army, in defeating the Russian Soviet Army, to achieve the freedom of the Daugavpils area, which prior to Russian occupation, had been part of Poland. The Memorial is to the fallen of the Polish Army in the Victory of Daugavpils.

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  • Day Trip to Aglona Basilica

    by henrykkanada Updated Apr 26, 2006

    The road through the forests and lakes ends at the beautiful imposing white Aglona Basilica. It was built in 1699, when this area was part of Poland, before being occupied by Russia in the partitions of Poland. Many Polish remainders survive.

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  • One Old Area And Buildings of Daugavpils

    by henrykkanada Written Apr 26, 2006

    The Jaunbuve District Of Daugavpils provides a unique view of Latvia. It contains unpaved roads and pre-Soviet and Soviet era buildings. The area is a mixture of Soviet multi-family housing, pre-1900 single family houses and some new houses.

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    Old wooden houses

    by yumyum Updated Nov 24, 2006

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    I was very surprised to see these Russian style wooden houses along the tram line. It made me think of the old wooden houses in Irkutsk in Siberia.

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    Russian Orthodox Church

    by yumyum Written Nov 24, 2006

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    This little church is quite an eyecatcher. It seems to be pretty new or maybe just newly renovated. It is near the tourist office in the citycenter.

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    Pedestrian zone and park

    by yumyum Written Nov 24, 2006

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    There is a long pedestrian street (photo 1) which runs roughly from the railway station to the city center.

    Next to the bus station there is a big park (photo 2+3) for recreation with benches.

    pedestrian street in the park in the park towards bus station

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    Steel cannons

    by yumyum Written Nov 24, 2006

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    In the fortress there is the fountain monument (photo 1+2) made in the 19th century from cannons and opened in 1912. The steel cannon in photo 3+4 was made in 1877 in Obuhovo in Russia.

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