Daugavpils Fortress, Daugavpils

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  • We have driven through most of the Daugavpils Fortress, parked and started exploration - and I was depressed by the extent of degradation and emptiness. Rebuilt roads contrasted with under-maintained ...  more »
  • This is a must see if you are visiting Daugavpils. Go there when the weather is good so that you can hand out there and enjoy the scenery. Take your friends with you and/or family.  more »
  • It is nice that the fortress is partially renovated and gives idea how the fortresses in the XIX century looked like. But it is obvious it is huge problem for municipality how to adapt these building ...  more »
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  • First of all, I recommend that anyone who visits should at least do some cursory research ahead of time. I'm not going to post my research here because there are several websites (start with Wikipedia) where you can discover the rich and unique history on your own. I visited with a group of friends and it was raining off-and-on while we were there. We stayed for about two hours total and barely scratched the surface of just how impressive this fortress is. If I lived in or near this town, I would be at this place a lot. The city has sanctioned this area basically as a park and it is free to enter and walk around. They have a list of rules posted in several languages, but basically if you aren't trashing the place or conducting an unauthorized excavation, you're okay. When we walked inside, I thought "Is that all?" and then we realized we had only passed through the outer walls. We were able to see the water outline of the walls on Google maps and determine an approximate size of the place. We clearly did not have time to see everything, but what we saw was impressive! It would be a great service to the legacy of this citadel to refurbish one of the old buildings into a small museum that explains the history better. When you walk around, there are plaques and signs that explain a little of what is important, but it is difficult to put everything into context without this type of facility. (There is a museum inside the walls, but it was an art museum(??) so we did not go inside.) I'm sure it's nice but we just didn't have time for that. Overall, this was my favorite thing to see in Daugavpils. As I said before, I would like them to put a small museum inside to better explain the historical context of the site. If you are ever in Eastern Latvia and you enjoy history, you should make an effort to visit.
  • Very interesting place to visit with so much of the original structure in tact.
  • Very interesting old fortress.
  • It's one of the best retained fortresses in nowadays - almost in whole perimeter there are original stone walls with ditches around them. Inside fortress there are a lot of city administration and abandoned factory buildings, including Mark Rothko museum with original paintings. Back in the day, when building of fortress finished, war technology advanced so far, it could easily shoot over the walls with cannons from far away. So it never experienced fights it was build for. During soviet union, it was military base and they destroyed one of the narrow entrance gates, so they can wheel in combat aircraft.
  • The little gem of Daugavpils. Many years ago was considered to be a "ghetto" but will the help of the history enthusiasts, this place became a "must see" for visitors and tourists from Latvia and abroad.

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