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Ērgļi is a small town in northeastern Latvia on the banks of the Ogre river. It serves as the administrative center for both the Ērgļi parish and the Ērgļi municipality. Ērgļi had 2,769 residents as of 2017.


Ērgļi castle on Ogre river was one of the largest castles of Latgale. From 1211 the area belonged to the Order of the Brothers of the Sword and later to the Archdiocese of Riga. The first written mention of a castle was in 1334. After the Livonian War, the area fell to Poland-Lithuania then to Sweden and 1721 to Russia.

The village was built around the estate Erlaa and had in 1931 331 inhabitants. During the Second World War, the city was in the combat zone in 1944 and was completely destroyed. In the postwar period, the place grew by settlement of industry.

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  • Media related to Ērgļi at Wikimedia Commons