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Ogre is the principal town of Ogre District in Central Latvia, 36km east of the capital Riga, situated at the confluence of the Daugava and Ogre rivers. It has been a town since 1928. Ogre is composed of three parts: Jaunogre, Ogre, and Pārogre .The name of Ogre comes from the Ogre river. The Ogre village was first mentioned in 1206, called Oger in German. In 1861, when a railway Riga - Daugavpils was built, Riga's residents started to build summer-cottages here. In 1862 Ogre became a health resort.The Town's Coat of arms was granted in 1938 and shows the beautiful river and pinewoods of Ogre.There is a cultural centre, an art school and a music school in Ogre. It has 3 Latvian language schools, and 1 Russian language school - Jaunogres vidusskola.The town also has a cemetery with the remains of German soldiers who died during the First and Second World Wars, or died in captivity between 1944 and 1951.EtymologyThere are two main versions of the etymology of Ogre name. The first states that the name of the river from which this town derives its name is of Russian origin (угри, meaning eels) because there used to be a lot of eels in the river Ogre. Whereas Estonian linguist Paul Alvre takes into consideration an older form of Ogre river name (Wogene, Woga) first found in Livonian Chronicle of Henry (1180—1227), and argues that it cognates with Estonian word voog (with possible meanings: stream, flow, waves), therefore showing connection with Finno-Ugric languages, most probably early Livonian language. There is a popular folk legend that Catherine the Great of Russia was the one who gave the river this name because there where a lot of eels in the river, however it lacks any evidence.
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