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Chervonka (Vecsaliena) Manor Castle

Chervonka (Vecsaliena) castle was built in 1870 in the Neogothic style and is located in a bend of the park, which was created in the 19th century. This picturesque building with a dynamic and complex composition of the volume is a real fairy-tale castle. The building is covered with a steep span roof. The risalits, … >>

Slutiski Village and Old Believers’ Rural Courtyard

Slutiski Village is authentic inhabited village, where visitors can get acquainted with the unique culture and household of Old Believers in Latgale. Slutiski Village was included in a State protected cultural monument list in 2016.

The Skrinda family museum

Museum’s permanent exhibition is dedicated to the life and work of first national awakening members in Latvia – Skrinda brothers. There is an opportunity to participate in various thematic programs and local crafts workshops. Here offers the opportunity to taste latgalian traditional food “coma” local bread, honey and herbal tea.

The House of Latgalian Traditions and Skills “Ambeļu skreine”

In “Ambeļu skreine” are organised main festivities of the year, exhibitions of art, demonstrations of traditional crafts, dancing evenings, singing, fortunetelling, bread baking and cheese making. On the “Ambeļu skreine” territory is a possibility to organize open air events.

Roman Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist in Viski

Catholic Church in Viski was built in period 1908 – 1925. It is significant national landmark, one of the few sacral buildings in Daugavpils region that was built of abated stones and belongs to one-tower basilica crucifix church type.

Ruins of the Dinaburg Castle and Castle Model

In 1275, instead of the Naujene mound, the castle of Dinaburg was built by the Livonian Orden Master Ernest von Racenburg. Nowadays only ruins of the castle remained, but there is a stone model of this castle on the mound. Nearby is located Dinaburg Nature Trail and recreation area “Knights glade”.

Markova Mound and Cognitive Trail

In the surroundings of Markova Mound, there is a 1.6 km long Markova cognitive trail, where such objects as Markova Mound, Markova Cemetery, Putānu Streem, Putānu Streem Boulder are located.

Vecracina Mound

Located in Vecracina of Naujene parish on the right bank of the River Daugava, 2.5 km to the south of the railway station in Izvalta. The settlement is surrounded by a deep ravine (depth about 18-27 m) from the east and south-east.

St. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Jezupova (Juzefova)

The building of Jezupova (Juzefova) St. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church was started in 1934 and was finished in 1961. After the building was finished the church was taken from the parish and there was established club. In 1989 the church was returned to the parish.

Zemgale Catholic Church

It was consecrated in 2006. The church is located in the building of the previous estate and in Zemgale station building (1928).

Orthodox Church of St.Peter and Paul in Danisevka

Church is located in a picturesque place Daniševka, near the Lake Lukna. The building was built and consecrated on August 31, 1908. There is a grave of the first pastor of this church – I. Digilev (1869-1933) in the church garden.

Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Jaunborne

Built in 1859 at will of Polish landlord Julius Sivickis. It was rebuilt in 1890 and renewed in 1921. There is a cemetery around the church, where are burials of Sivickis family.

Elerne Ascension of Lord Jesus Roman Catholic Church

The building of the Elernes Church was constructed in 1650 by Heinrich Tienen. Until 1761 it served the needs of the Lutheran Church, but later the Lutherans exchanged with Catholics with the Sīkele Church. The architecture of the church, in both volume and details, is in correspondence with other churches that were built in the territory of the Courland Duchy of that time.

Sikele Lutheran Church

It was built in 1819. At first the church belonged to the Catholic community, but it was given back to Lutherans instead of Elerne church in the second half of the 18th century.

Crucifix Way

The largest number of crucifixes in Latvia is located on the territory of the Vabole parish. After the Second World War, many were destroyed – from 44 crucifixes, only 29 remained.

Memorial Stone to Emilia Plater

The memorial sign is located in Liksna Trails, in the beginning of Emilia Plater path. Emilia Plater (1806 – 1831) is Poland and Lithuanian national hero, who lived in Liksna estate since 1815. She led a patriot combat unit in Latgale and Lithuania during the time of Polish uprising, which happened in 1830-1831.

Memorable Place of Vecpils Cemetery

There are three white crosses in memory of the Old Vecpils Cemetery that was destroyed in 1986 because of the planned construction of the Daugavpils HES.

The Jewish Cemetery in Viski

The cemetery started at the beginning of the 19th century. It was used also by Somerset (now Aglona) Jews. The oldest gravestones are stone steles at the cemetery that date back to the 50-90s of the 19th century. Most of the monuments are well preserved.

Counts Engelhardt Family Cemetery

It is located near the former manor castle Sengeida, it was built by count Eugene von Engelhart. In 1996-1997 cemetery was restored and cleaned up by old baron’s grandson, Baron Sigvard von Engelhart.

Tombstone at Moscow (Maskovska) cemetery

In the vicinity of (Maskovska) Orthodox Church, on cemetery, there is a gray granite monument in the form of a phallus. Barely visible inscription: “devica” (virgin) is buried there and the years of her life (1864-1884), can be seen on the granite base.

Jaunborne chapel (crucifix)

There is a bricks chapel in Jaunborne, with a niche, in which there is the Virgin Mary’s permanent assistant painting in a wooden frame.

St. George Roman Catholic Church in Ambeli

Catholic church in Ambeļi displays typical use of local traditions of wood-building of 18th-19th centuries in sacral architecture, its structure represents work of professional painting and sculpture experts of baroque period.

Blessed Jesus’ Heart Roman Catholic Church in Demene

The construction of the Demene Church was started in 1932, but the Second World War stopped this plans. During the Soviet times here was a place of entertainment. Sacral meaning this building regained in the 80’s, but fully completed and consecrated in Church was only in 1992.

St. Ilija Orthodox Church in Malinova

The current St. Ilija Orthodox Church in Malinova is a rebuilt priest’s house. In 2010, the Culture House, located on the site of the former church, was burned down, now on this site new Orthodox Church is being restored.

Old Believers Chapel in Rubeniski

The chapel is build in 1907. Chapel has repeatedly lost its sacred meaning, but since 2003, the it has been repaired with the help of renewed parish. Local residents and Old Believer communities of Latvia help the church.

Old-believer’s Chapel in Bondariski

Old-believer’s Chapel in Bondariski was built between 1920 and 1930. The volume composition of the building is very simple: a single volume with a gable roof, a rectangular bell tower that “grows” from the roof and is covered with four-sided tent. The building is preserved in the authentic form.

Krivosejeva Old Believers Chapel

Krivosejeva Old Believers Chapel is built in the beginning of the 20th century, around 1906. The roof was erected in 1926. The chapel are built in the log house technique and clad with horizontally painted boards. Alongside the temple there is an Old Believers’ Cemetery, where you can see ancient unique grave monuments – steles.

Old-believer’s Chapel in Ascuki

Храм был построен в 1910 году на месте прежней моленной. Эту моленную можно назвать типичным старообрядческим храмом данного региона, с оригинальными деталями убранства.

Protection of the Holy Virgin Chapel in Danisevka

The chapel that has been preserved till nowadays, probably was built after 1905. The only decorative accent is a small diamond-shaped window over the entrance. The common image of the chapel has been created thanks to the precisely found proportions of shapes.

St. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Laucese

Catholic Church is wooden building built in period from 1921 till 1923 in place of old wooden church (1797), which burnt down in 1920. This was one of the oldest churches in Zemgale owned by landlords Ludvinghauzens-Volfs.

Egypt’s Lutheran Parish Church

The church was built in Vilkumiests by landlord A.Oettingen in 1823. In 1863 the church’s tower was built. During World War I it was destroyed, and during World War II – absolutely vandalized.

Berkenele (Birkeneli) Lutheran Church

Church building (1830) was built for Friedrich von Klopmann’s funds. The tower’s peak is decorated with an ornamental windshield, but the church has not been functioning for many decades since the Soviets have seized it.

Didrihstein (Laucesa) Manor House

The manor house was built of red bricks with a tower in the Neogothic style. Victoria Plater-Zyberk was the owner of the estate in the early 20th century. It used to be an elementary school of Laucese.

Maskovska Mound

It is situated 0,5 km from Maskovska Orthodox Church in the direction of Ambeli. There is a picturesque view on the Viski Lake.

St.Family’s Roman Catholic Church in Aukskalne

Church is 18.5m long and 8.5m wide wooden building covered with bricks. Church was consecrated in 1947. Previous church burnt down in 1944, and most of building materials for the new church was donated by parish members.

Old-believer’s Chapel in Panteliski (Briveri)

The chapel was built in the late 19th century. It was made of logs and is covered with horizontal boards. There is a high bell tower covered with the unusual four-sided roof. The windows are decorated with jamb, which is ornamented with woodcuts.

Holy Virgin’s Old Believer Chapel in Voitiski

The Old Believer community in the village of Voitiski was founded in 1740. The first chapel was a wooden blockhouse, without a footing, with a straw roof. Срapel suffered from fires several times, so in 1979 it was decided to build a stone chapel.

The Charnel House of Brigene Manor House

Тear the former complex of Brigene manor where is situated one of the most beautiful national landmarks in Daugavpils district – a mausoleum that was built by order of landlord Max von Engelhardt in honour of his deceased wife Dorothea von Engelhardt (1862 – 1898).

Lutheran Church in Demene

The church was built in 1895–1896. The project author is architect Wilhelm Neumann. The church is a small, one-volume hall-type building with one-tower facade. The building has a gable roof. Now, the building is laid up and is not used.

Old-believer’s Chapel in Korolevscina

Chapel was built in 1918. Later it was rebuilt – as a result new forms are similar to the motifs of the Protestant churches, and they were probably borrowed from the surrounding cultural environment in Latgale and testify the process of the mutual influence between the two cultures.

Old-believer’s Chapel in Krivani

The Chapel was built in the 20th century. The building has one tower and several windows of different sizes with decorative shutters.

Old Believer’s Chapel in Medumi

The available sources indicate different dates of the prayer house building – in the range from the early 20th century until 1940. The chapel is interesting because it gives the idea of how the religious building of Old Believers looked till 1905, at that time, when they were not allowed to give a recognizable form to their churches.

Lasini (Lasenbeka) Mound

It is located on the left ancient bank of the river Daugava near Daugavpils. It is partially damaged by the war trenches. The goods for fishing network, the handmade dish fragments and other antiques were found in cultural layer. It was inhabited from the first millennium BC till the first millennium AD.

Robeznieki Mound

It is a new-opened mound (1998) and is located near Belarus border. It is visually impressive and well-preserved. The flick ceramics is found in the cultural layer. It was inhabited from the end of the first millennium BC till the middle of the first millennium AD.

Zabornaja (Podgurje) Mound

It is located between Zabornaja and Podgurji. People also call it Napoleon redoubt. In 1812 according to the order, the guns of the French army were placed on the mound to repeal attacks of the Russian army.

Lielborne Manor and Park

Lielborne Manor is the only manor complex in the territory of the Nature Park „Daugavas loki“. There is the old castle, probably built in the 18th century, as well as the new castle built in the classical style in the first half of the 19th century.

Tabore Manor

Manor was built in the second half of the 19th century (possibly in 1875). During World War I, the manor was severely damaged. In the Soviet era, there was Tabore’s eight-year school, but until 2016 Tabore Elementary School was located in the building.

Grain Flourmill

It is located in the center of Vabole near Skrinda family museum. The workers of Skrinda family museum in the flourmill present baking traditions in Latgale.

Kalkune Manor Castle

The manor castle was built in 1890-1892 according to project of the well-known architect V. Neiman. The castle itself is asymmetrical, with towers, turrets and roof constructions its leaves quite a picturesque impression. The manor house is abandoned and not inhabited.

The Place of Liksna Manor

Liksna manor house was built in 1771 in the baroque style. Now you can see only fragments of ruins.

Brunenes (Brunu) Manor Buildings

Stables, 2 stone buildings and manor house remained here from 19th century. Before the agrarian reform of 1920, the manor belonged to the family ob Liveni barons, but later in the manor house was located school, local store and apartments.

Vabole Manor Buildings

Count Boleslaw Plater-Zyberk began the building of the estate in the early 19th century. The barn, the manager’s house and the stables have remained till nowadays. In the former stabler building there is the Vabole Secondary School.

Ilgas Manor Castle

Designed by architect Wilhelm Neimann, the building was constructed in the second half of 19 c. as hunting palace of manor Ilgas. The architectonic solution of castle resembles Italian Palazzo style, therefore the castle and surroundings were called “Palazzo Ilga”. Daugavpils University Study Centre “Ilgas” is situated in the castle now.

Sudmali Mound

The mound was registred the first in 1882 by A.Bilensteins. In 1926 E. Brastins published the description of the mound. There was an expedition lead by J. Graudonis in 1968. There is a well-equipped recreation place.