Daugavpils

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Daugavpils
City
Square in front of the Daugavpils University
Square in front of the Daugavpils University
Flag of Daugavpils
Flag
Coat of arms of Daugavpils
Coat of arms
Location of Daugavpils within Latvia
Location of Daugavpils within Latvia
Coordinates: 55°52′30″N 26°32′8″E / 55.87500°N 26.53556°E / 55.87500; 26.53556Coordinates: 55°52′30″N 26°32′8″E / 55.87500°N 26.53556°E / 55.87500; 26.53556
Country  Latvia
Established 1275
Town rights 1582
Government
 • Chairman of the City Council Jānis Lāčplēsis
 • Number of city council members 15
Area
 • Total 72.48 km2 (27.98 sq mi)
 • Water 9.75 km2 (3.76 sq mi)
Highest elevation 139 m (456 ft)
Lowest elevation 86 m (282 ft)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 101,057
 • Density 1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-54(01–65)
Calling code (+371) 654
Website www.daugavpils.lv

Daugavpils (Latvian pronunciation: [ˈdaʊɡaʊpils] ( ); Latgalian: Daugpiļs [ˈdaʊkʲpʲɪlʲsʲ]; Russian: Даугавпилс [ˈdaʊɡəfpʲɪls]; see other names) is a city in southeastern Latvia, located on the banks of the Daugava River, from which the city gets its name. Daugavpils literally means "Daugava Castle". With a population of over 100,000, it is the second largest city in the country after the capital Riga, which is located some 230 kilometres (143 miles) to its north-west. Daugavpils has a favorable geographical position as it borders Belarus and Lithuania (distances of 33 and 25 km (16 mi) respectively). It is located some 120 km (75 mi) from the Latvian border with Russia. Daugavpils is a major railway junction and industrial centre.

The city is surrounded by many lakes and nature parks. It is also known for its overwhelmingly Russian-speaking population.

Names[edit]

Historically, several names in various languages have identified Daugavpils. Some are still in use today.

  • Belarusian: Даўгаўпілс (Daŭhaŭpils), Дзвінск (Dzvinsk),[nb 1] historically Дынабург (Dynaburh)
  • Estonian: Väinalinn
  • Finnish: Väinänlinna
  • German: Dünaburg
  • Latgalian: Daugpiļs
  • Lithuanian: Daugpilis
  • Polish: Dyneburg, Dźwinów, Dźwińsk
  • Russian: Даугавпилс, Невгин (Nevgin), Динабург (Dinaburg), Борисоглебск (Borisoglebsk 1656–1667), Двинcк (Dvinsk)
  • Yiddish: דענעבורג (Dineburg)

Here is a chronology of name changes:

  • Dünaburg (1275—1656)
  • Borisoglebsk (1656—1667)
  • Dünaburg (1667—1893)
  • Dvinsk (1893—1920)
  • Daugavpils (1920—today)

Climate[edit]

The city has a moderate continental climate.

Climate data for Daugavpils
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −3.6
(25.5)
−2.6
(27.3)
2.1
(35.8)
10.3
(50.5)
17.9
(64.2)
21.5
(70.7)
22.5
(72.5)
21.6
(70.9)
16.3
(61.3)
9.8
(49.6)
3.3
(37.9)
−1
(30)
9.8
(49.6)
Average low °C (°F) −9.7
(14.5)
−9.9
(14.2)
−6.5
(20.3)
0.6
(33.1)
6.1
(43)
10.1
(50.2)
11.8
(53.2)
10.9
(51.6)
7.2
(45)
2.9
(37.2)
−1.4
(29.5)
−6.1
(21)
1.3
(34.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 37
(1.46)
28
(1.1)
32
(1.26)
42
(1.65)
52
(2.05)
74
(2.91)
79
(3.11)
74
(2.91)
69
(2.72)
52
(2.05)
51
(2.01)
43
(1.69)
633
(24.92)
Source: World Weather Information Service [2]

Demographics[edit]

Dynamics of the population of Daugavpils in 1772–2008

As of 1 January 2012, the city had a population of 101,057.

Demographics of Daugavpils 2011 Census data[3]
Russians
  
53.6%
Latvians
  
19.8%
Poles
  
14.2%
Belarusians
  
7.2%
Ukrainians
  
1.9%
Lithuanians
  
1.0%
Others
  
2.3%

In Daugavpils 85% of the voters supported the proposal to make Russian the second state language in the 2012 referendum.[4]

History[edit]

Daugavpils (Dvinsk) town centre at the beginning of the 20th century
A 1912 photo by Prokudin-Gorsky

The town's history began in 1275 when the Livonian Order built Dünaburg castle 20 km (12 mi) up the Daugava river from where Daugavpils is now situated. In 1561 it became part of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (see: Duchy of Livonia) and in 1566 became capital of the Inflanty Voivodeship, which existed until the First Partition of Poland (1772). In 1577 the Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible captured and destroyed Dünaburg castle . That same year, a new castle was built 20 km (12 mi) downriver. In 1582 Daugavpils was granted Magdeburg town rights. In the 17th century, during the Russo–Swedish War initiated by Tsar Alexis of Russia, the Russians captured Daugavpils, renamed the town Borisoglebsk and controlled the region for 11 years, between 1656 and 1667. Russia returned the area to Poland following the Treaty of Andrusovo (1667).

From 1784 onwards the city had a large and active Jewish population[5] among them a number of prominent figures. According to the Russian census of 1897, out of a total population of 69,700, Jews numbered 32,400 (so around 44% percent).[6]

As part of the Russian Empire the city was called Dvinsk from 1893 to 1920. The newly independent Latvian state renamed it Daugavpils in 1920. Latvians, Poles and Soviet troops fought the Battle of Daugavpils in the area from 1919 to 1920. Daugavpils and the whole Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union between 1940–41 and 1944–1991, while Germany occupied it between 1941 and 1944. The Nazis established the Daugavpils Ghetto where the town's Jews were forced to live. During the Cold War the Lociki air-base operated 12 km (7 mi) northeast of Daugavpils itself.

On Friday, April 16, 2010, an assassin shot vice-mayor Grigory Nemtsov of Daugavpils dead in the center of the city. The crime remains unsolved.

Art, architecture, and culture[edit]

Ss Boris and Gleb Orthodox Cathedral – the biggest Orthodox church in Latvia

Daugavpils is an important cultural center in eastern Latvia. There are 22 primary and secondary schools, four vocational schools, and the Saules College of Art. More than 1,000 teachers and engineers graduate from Daugavpils Pedagogical University (now Daugavpils University) and the local branch of Riga Technical University annually.

Daugavpils Railway station
Unity house city theatre and recreation centre.

The city theatre was restored a couple of years ago. There is also one cinema as well as other cultural institutions. The city exhibition center offers many cultural activities.

There are also several architectural, historical, and cultural monuments in Daugavpils. The most prominent is the Daugavpils fortress of the late 18th–19th centuries. 24.04.2013 Mark Rothko Art centre was opened in fortress.

Historical centre[edit]

The historical centre of Daugavpils city is an architectural heritage of national importance (the construction work was carried out in the 19th century according to the project endorsed in St Petersburg in 1826). The historical centre is the greatest attraction of the city and one of the most successful examples of balancing the aspects of ancient and modern times. Daugavpils is one of the few cities in Latvia which can pride itself on a unified ensemble of both classic and eclectic styles. The cultural heritage of architectural, artistic, industrial, and historical monuments combined with the picturesque surroundings create the essence of Daugavpils’ image and endow it with a special charm.

Red brick buildings[edit]

Daugavpils is exceptionally rich in red brick buildings. This style was developed by many outstanding architects. In Daugavpils this variety of eclecticism is most widely represented in the buildings designed by Vilhelm Neimanis, an architect of German origin, who was the chief architect of Daugavpils from 1878 to 1895. Bright examples of brick architecture are the buildings at 1/3 Saules Street and at 8 Muzeja Street. The shape-forming techniques typical of eclecticism that were applied in the façades of these buildings even many decades later make one appreciate and admire the striking accuracy of detail.

Airport[edit]

Daugavpils International Airport is located 12 km (7 mi) northeast of Daugavpils, near the village of Lociki. The airport is currently under development to allow both international and domestic passenger traffic, as well as international and domestic cargo transport and charter flights. It is expected to be operational by 2013.[7][8]

Sports[edit]

Daugavpils Olympic Centre

The football clubs Dinaburg FC and FC Daugava play at Celtnieks Stadium in Daugavpils. There is also a hockey team called DHK Latgale, which currently plays in the Latvian Hockey League. The Speedway Grand Prix of Latvia was hosted here between 2006 and 2009. Lokomotiv Daugavpils is a motorcycle speedway team based in Daugavpils who currently race in Polish First League (2nd division). In 2008 the construction of the Daugavpils Multifunctional Sports Complex was started and was completed in October 2009.

Notable residents[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Central pedestrian street Rīgas iela.

Daugavpils is twinned with:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Taraškievica it is spelled Дзьвінск (Dźvinsk).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Latvijas iedzīvotāju skaits pašvaldībās 01.01.2012. (PDF)". PMLP.gov.lv. Retrieved April 29, 2012.  (Latvian)
  2. ^ "Weather Information for Daugavpils". World Weather Information Service. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Tabula: TSG11-061. PASTĀVĪGIE IEDZĪVOTĀJI PA STATISTISKAJIEM REĢIONIEM, REPUBLIKAS PILSĒTĀM UN NOVADIEM PĒC TAUTĪBAS, DZIMUMA UN PA DZIMŠANAS VALSTĪM 2011.GADA 1.MARTĀ". Data.csb.gov.lv. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  4. ^ cvk.lv, [1], 18.02.2012
  5. ^ "Jewish families of Dvinsk". jewishgen.org. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  6. ^ Joshua D. Zimmerman, Poles, Jews, and the politics of nationality, Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2004, ISBN 0-299-19464-7, Google Print, p.16
  7. ^ "Daugavpils |". Daugavpils.lv. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  8. ^ "Daugavpils |". Daugavpils.lv. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  9. ^ "Radom - Miasta partnerskie" [Radom - Parntership cities]. Miasto Radom [City of Radom] (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  10. ^ "Radom - miasta partnerskie" (in Polish). radom.naszestrony.pl. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 

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