[ENG] Daugavpils is Latvia’s second largest city (116 000 inhabitants), and is situated about 230 km south-east of Riga, along the Lithuanian and Belarusian borders. But it wasn`t represented by any cache till year 2008. So ..we`ve decided to resolve this ambiguity! To get to this side of fortress you can through one of the 4 gates - the Mihailovsky gates. But in weekends you probably will need to pay entrance fee.
The pearl of the town is Dinaburg fortress that is historical and architectural monument. This is the only fortress in Baltic States that was built in the 19th century and remained till nowadays without fundamental changes. During the excursion you can view the buildings of Russian classicism: commandant building, hospitals, caserns, you can walk in dungeons and climb up to the fortress’s dams, as well as to see the park and cannons. You will have the opportunity to feel a breath of distant past.
Planning of the fortress began in 1772 by decree of Tsar Alexander I of Russia. In the year 1810 it was decided to rebuild the small Dinaburg Fortress into a first-class fortress with a defensive belt. Nevertheless, till the Napoleon invasion just temporary fortifications were completed. By the end of the war, the wooden constructions burned down, the wooden fortifications were severely damaged. Reconstruction was continued in 1813. The fortress was consecrated in 1833, but the construction works continued till the year 1878. Later on the fortress lost its strategic significance and served just as an armory, food storage place and the prison.
[LAT] Vesturiski plašu informaciju par Dinaburgas cietoksni latviešu valoda var iegut apmeklejot ŠO VIETNI! Savukart, informaciju par Dinaburgas cietoksni krievu valoda Jus atradisiet šeit - link in Russian language!
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