Daugavpils Fortress, Daugavpils

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  • It is mindblowing, that this kind of fortress is still alive in nowadays. There is also real people living in there. Defintely a must when visiting Daugavpils!  more »
  • Well worth visiting. Maris in information centre was very friendly, told us loads of history in Latvian and English, it was amazingly interesting and all for free  more »
  • If you are in Daugavpils I recomend the guided tour. It was an interesting story and also some sights arround. Not only Rotko, there is more than that.  more »
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  • Amazing historical place. A lot to explore!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Old and rundown not a lot to do there

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