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Coat of arms of Kārsava
Coat of arms
Kārsava is located in Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°47′N 27°40′E / 56.783°N 27.667°E / 56.783; 27.667Coordinates: 56°47′N 27°40′E / 56.783°N 27.667°E / 56.783; 27.667
Country  Latvia
District Ludza District
Town rights 1928
 • Total 2,570
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code LV-5717
Calling code +371 657

Kārsava (About this sound pronunciation ; German: Karsau, Russian: Корсовка, Korsovka, Yiddish: קאָרסאָװקע‎, Korsovke) is a town in Latvia. Kārsava is located in the historical region of Latgale near the border of Russia.

The ancient baltic tribe Latgalians inhabited the territory of Kārsava since the 8th century. There are several hillforts near town.

In 1763 a Catholic church was built in Kārsava. The town was located near the Rēzekne- Ostrov postal road and it saw rapid development when the St. Petersburg- Vilnius railway line was constructed nearby and the town became a trading centre.

On the eve of World War II, the population of Kārsava was approximately 2,000 to 2,500, 90% of whom were Jewish. The vast majority of them were murdered during the Holocaust.

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