Sights of Latgale - Bazilika AgloneSights of Latgale. Latgale (Latgale), the spiritual centre of Latvia’s Catholics. Lots of crucifixions, standing along the road, show deep devotion to the faith of the inhabitants of those places.

Latgale (Latgale) got its name from the 1880s-Baltic tribe, based in this historic area in the 2nd-3rd centuries. Latgale is a land of unique nature, confusing story and mixed population: Russians, Poles, Ukrainians and Belarusians. Latgalia-land of blue lakes, a haven for anglers! Here, between the 2nd and Èzerniekami, Aglona is several hundreds of large and small lakes.

At 25 km from Rēzekne surrounded by hills is the second largest lake in Latvia Razna, in 45 km from Rēzekne-beautiful Lake Ežezers known plenty of coves and islets. Very picturesque valley of the river Daugava, Daugavpils and Krāslava located between, with its steep banks (up to 40 m in height) and nature park Daugavas loki, where you will find an abundance of rare species of plants.

History Of Latgale

According to excavations in the daugavskoj Valley of Dviete River, the first people in Latgale appeared at the end of the last ice age, approximately 11 thousand. years ago. Here are found the remains of Neolithic settlements, settlements of the iron age. Latgalians appeared on this earth in the VI-VII centuries. As regards the assimilation, then from the North and West by Ingrian Finns Livs and èstami, from the West and Southwest by the Curonians and Semigallians Balts —, from the South-Balts villages (selonami), and from the East Slavs, the latgalians krivičami could not mingle with them: serious clashes between the two tribes were not, unless with èstami, but trade and other cooperative economic affairs were, therefore, and communication was very close.

In the 9th-12th centuries. they began to build, mostly on the right bank of the Daugava River, its first city-fortress. They were called Jersika (Gercike), Talava, Koknese and Atzele. Ersikoj (now a small village) with 1202 g. drove an Orthodox Russian Prince Vsevolod Vladimirovich Dausprungas (1187-1234), and in 1202, and before his death. He was descended from the Princes of Novgorod-Rurik dynasty Sivers’kyi.

During the 6th-14th centuries. on the Daugava River was one of the branches of route from the Varangians to the Greeks “, which contributed to the development of Latgale. With the advent of the territory of present-day Latvia in the 13th century, the Crusaders became known as the local population “lettami” (lettigalami). This title passed to the ethnos, named subsequently (in Russian) Latvian, and the kernel of his were the latgalians.

Active assimilation of the 1880s with other Baltic tribes went to the middle of the 14th century, when the main part of Latgapii was ceded to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1629, the peace Ap′tmarkskomu between Sweden and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: the Duchy was divided into two parts by the river Aiviekste River: Western part was ceded to Sweden Livonia and the eastern part remained in Poland called the Livonian war. Latgalian ethnic group was divided into two parts. In 1772 as a result of the partitions of Poland Eastern Latgalian lands were annexed to the Russian Empire.

In May 1917, the Latgale voluntarily joined the Latvia came out of the whole of the province. E rest of Latvia has been at all its a difficult path in the 20th century, which ended with the formation of an independent Republic of Latvia in 1991,.

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