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.
In the forest, on the right bank of Daugava – River of Destiny Slutiski Village is situated. Latgalian Old Believers used to settle in Slutiski from the beginning of the 18th century, hiding behind the Markova Hillfort “back”. Visit the village, breathe fresh air and admire the landscapes of the Daugava River, find out more about Old Believers lifestyle and habits, as well as taste a meal in Old Believers’ style.
Grāfu Plāteru dzimtas izcelšanās meklējama viduslaiku Vācijā, Vestfālē, kad 1210.gadā pirmo reizi tiek minēts Vestfāles bruņinieks Humberts fon Plāters. Plāteru senči Baltijā ieradās kopā ar krustnešiem. Apmetušies Latgalē, viņi asimilējās un pieņēma poļu kultūru, veidojot radniecīgas saites ar Zībergu dzimtu. Laika gaitā Plāteri-Zībergi kļuva par vienu no ievērojamākajām un ietekmīgākajām dzimtām Latgalē. Viņu īpašumi atradās ne tikai Latgalē, Vidzemē un Kurzemē, bet arī Polijā un Lietuvā. Par Plāteru-Zībergu līdzekļiem uzbūvētas vairākas muižas, pilis, baznīcas, ierīkoti parki, kas ir saglabājušies arī pašreizējā Daugavpils un Ilūkstes novada teritorijā. Šis grāfu Plāteru-Zībergu devums ir neatņemama kultūrvēsturiskā mantojuma sastāvdaļa un arī nozīmīgi apskates objekti, kas ceļojuma laikā sniedz neaizmirstamus iespaidus.
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.
Walking tour. During the excursion you will visit Daugavpils fortress and a unique monument of the 19th century – the historical center of Daugavpils with its buildings constructed in the style of Russian Empire and Modern. You will see a unique building of House of unity – the monument of the monumental building of the period of independent Republic of Latvia. Park Dubrovina was created in the late 19th century and it is the decoration of the city, where you can relax near the fountain in the shade of ancient trees.