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Daugavpils

Daugavpils is the second largest city in Latvia. Daugavpils is the city where multi-ethnical and multicultural environment have been developed since the ancient times. It performs a variety of functions, cross-border centre of services and economic development.

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Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center

Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre is a multifunctional complex of contemporary art, culture and education situated in the Arsenal building at Daugavpils Fortress. It is the only place in Eastern Europe where the original masterpieces of the famous painter and the founder of the abstract expressionism Mark Rothko can be seen. More


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Daugavpils Fortress - the symbol of Daugavpils

Daugavpils Fortress is an outstanding fortification that occupies more than 150 ha. The only early 19th century fortress in Eastern Europe that has remained virtually unchanged. Each detail of the fortress was developed using the construction experience of the best architectural schools of Tsarist Russia and Europe. Inside the fortress was planned as a traditional military town: in the centre there was a parade ground, surrounded by blocks of administrative and residential buildings. More

Unity House

The dominating structure of the historical centre is the Unity House built during the years of the First Republic (22a Rigas Street). The Unity House was constructed at the suggestion of the country’s president Karlis Ulmanis using donations and funds provided by the state. The corner stone was laid in 1936, and on December 19, 1937, the blessing of the building and the opening ceremony took place. The Unity House was designed by the architect Verners Vitands. It was the most modern multifunctional building in Europe.More


 

Latgale Zoo

Here, in the artificially created jungles, a visitor can see spotted pythons, spectacled caimans bathing in the sun, red koi carps swimming in the ponds, playful macaques and sugar gliders jumping in the lianas and other swimming, whistling, crawling, hopping and flying tropical creatures. More

Daugavpils Lead Shot Factory

The only one available for tourists ammunition plant in the Baltic States, where is the oldest shot tower in Europe, that still works. Examination of historical devices of the lead casting, with which molten lead gets the ideal bullet shape, falling from a height of 40 meters. There is the historical exposition of hunting ammunition. After the excursion everyone can try products in the factory dash. Note: excursions are not conducted during the runtime of the factory orders. More