Located in the eastern part of Latvia, about 240 km southeast of Riga, Daugavpils is the second largest town in Latvia. Daugavpils had several names; it was called Dünaburg by the Germans, Borisoglebsk by the Russians and Dvinsk by the Poles.
Daugavpils’ main attraction is its fortress. Daugavpils Fortress was built in the early 19th century during the time of the Russian Empire. The monumental fortification contains both military and civil buildings, which were all parts of the Russian defensive system. The fortification was used for military purposes until the departure of the Soviet troops in 1993. Daugavpils Fortress was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2005.
Church in Daugavpils