In anticipation of the long-awaited school vacation, a tourist route for pupils “Let’s go to Daugavpils!” offers ideas where to go on a small family trip or an organised group excursion during the spring or autumn holidays. This route aims to diversify the learning process and will help to gain new knowledge.
This route is designed to explore the Daugavpils, the second largest city in Latvia. The historical centre of Daugavpils city is an architectural heritage of national importance (the construction work was carried out in the 19th century according to the project endorsed in St Petersburg in 1826). Daugavpils is one of the few cities in Latvia which can pride itself on a unified ensemble of both classic and eclectic styles.
This route will help to get acquainted with the sacral heritage of Daugavpils – holy places and churches of the main religious confessions. A variety of churches of different confessions contribute to the city panorama with its diversity of architectural styles, from Baroque and Neo-gothic to the Byzantine style.
Units of Polish Army entered Latvia in the end of August 1919 and after a month completely pushed back Red Army from the left bank of Daugava thus fortifying their position in Eastern part of Ilukste district. On 3 January 1920 together with Latvian Army units I and III Legion divisions of Polish Army launched the attack over Daugava. At the same day they liberated Daugavpils and later – Kraslava, Viski, Rusona, Dagda and other towns and villages. Fighting together with Kurzeme Division units of Latvian Army groups of forces of Polish General E.Rydz-Śmigły until February liberated Southern Latgale, but in 1920 left Latvia. Choosing this tour route the interesented ones have an apportunity to get acquainted with resting places of Polish soldiers.
A significant part of the population of Daugavpils had been Jews since the beginning of the 16th century. Therefore, Daugavpils is a place where outstanding Jews such as Mark Rothko, Solomon Mikhoels, Oskar Strok, Gzegoz Fitelberg and other came from. This route offers to learn about the history, culture and religion of the Jews, as well as to know more about the Holocaust.