Druya

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View of Druya, by Napoleon Orda.

Druya (Друя) is a historic townlet in Vitebsk Oblast, Belarus, about 30 km northeast of Braslaw, located on the left bank of the Daugava River, at the mouth of the Drujka River, opposite the Latvian parish of Piedruja (former Pridruysk). The population is about 1,500 (2006).

Medieval Druja was a stronghold of the Massalski princely family fought over by the Grand Duchies of Lithuania and Muscovy through much of the 16th and 17th centuries. Maciej Stryjkowski mentions it in his chronicle when describing the events of 1386. Ownership passed to the Sapieha family in the 17th century. The fortified suburb of Sapieżyn was founded by Jan Stanisław Sapieha in 1618.

The town's oldest building is a Baroque church in Sapieżyn (built in the 1640s, later expanded). The illuminated Druja Gospels date from 1580. Druja was formerly known for its thriving Jewish community, but the Druja ghetto was annihilated as part of the Holocaust. A Boris stone retrieved from the Drujka River has become a local tourist attraction.

Coordinates: 55°47′N 27°27′E / 55.783°N 27.450°E / 55.783; 27.450