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The symbol of the city is the Daugavpils Fortress - a protective structure located on the banks of the Western Dvina River. On a tour of the fortress, it is very interesting to see the citadel, gates, bastions, casemates and other protective structures. At the moment, this fortress is considered the only one in the Baltics that has survived without major changes. It is known that the Daugavpils fortress was visited by Nicholas I. In addition, the fortress is known for the fact that a huge colony of bats lives in it. The fortress is a potential holder of the status of an object protected by UNESCO.
The city is known for its unique preserved wooden architecture of the 19th century. You can admire it in the districts of Griva, Old Vorstadt, Old Slings and Staraya Pogulyanka.
In the historical center of the city you can admire the famous unusual red brick houses in the"Latgalian Baroque" style.
The so-called " Temple Hill" with the Orthodox Borisoglebsk Cathedral, the Lutheran Cathedral Church of Martin Luther, built at the turn of the 19-20 centuries in the neo-Gothic style, the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the largest organ in Latgale and the prayer of the first Novostroensk Old Believer community where ancient icons and ancient books are kept.
The Daugavpils Orthodox Cathedral of Saints Boris and Gleb, famous for its ten golden tower domes, attracts the most attention, bell tower, frescoes and icons.
Of the museums, the Daugavpils Museum of Local Lore and Art is especially interesting, which is considered one of the oldest and largest museums in the country. At the moment, the museum has about ninety thousand exhibits.
In the Museum of Military Equipment tourists have the opportunity to see the T-34 tank, IS-2 tank, reconnaissance and patrol vehicles and other military technology.
The Museum of Paleontology contains historical artifacts and finds.
You can also look into the Art Hall of Leonid Baulin and Art Hall of Mark Rothko to see the canvases of these artists. An interesting museum of the Latvian poet and playwright Rainis, where you can learn about his life and see exhibitions.
Of interest to tourists is the huge building House of Unity, which was built during the first Latvian republic. It is believed that this building is a symbol of the unity and harmony of peoples. Now it houses the Latvian Culture Center, Tourist Information Center, Latgale Central Library, banks, shops and cafes.
The famous Daugavpils State Theater occupies most of the Unity House. It is worth a visit to see wonderful performances, characterized by a whimsical interweaving of cultural traditions. Musicals are also staged in the theater.
In addition, the city has many monuments and monuments, the most popular of which are the Monument to the City Defenders, the Monument to the Mayor Pavel Dubrovin, the Sundial at the Daugavpils University, the Bust of the Latvian folk poet Rainis, Obelisk in the Park of Glory,"Girl with a Lily" and many others.
Walking through the city and its environs, it is good to include in your route the National Park"Daugavas loki", where the eye will appreciate the picturesque nature of the banks of the Western Dvina, reaching in some places forty meters in height. It is also interesting to see a model of the Dinaburg fortress from the 13th century.
Near the town in Pilskalne is located Pilskalnes Siguldina Forest Landscape Park with wonderful walking trails with interesting wooden figures.
You can also go to the Daugavpils Zoo, known for the fact that it is home to a unique species of marsh turtles.
Daugavpils is often called the city of lakes. Indeed, on its territory there are 15 lakes of interest to tourists. They can rest at the Big Stropsky Lake, the Shuniu, Platsenis (Platinka), Stropins, Big and Small Triykart lakes, Zirgu and others. In the Mezciems microdistrict you can get balneological treatment with curative mud and chloride type mineral water.
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Topic: Daugavpils. Recreation and entertainment.