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Subate Saint Michael Roman Catholic Church
Subate Saint Michael Roman Catholic Church
Coat of arms of Subate
Coat of arms
Subate is located in Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°01′N 25°54′E / 56.017°N 25.900°E / 56.017; 25.900Coordinates: 56°01′N 25°54′E / 56.017°N 25.900°E / 56.017; 25.900
Country Latvia
MunicipalityIlūkste municipality
Town rights1917
 • Total1,222
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Calling code+371 654

Subate (About this soundpronunciation ; Lithuanian: Subačius, German: Subbath, Polish: Subaty), population 964, is a town in Latvia near the border with Lithuania. Subate is located in Selonia, the eastern part of the Zemgale region, 40 km west of Daugavpils.

The Old Jewish Cemetery in Subate

In 1570 Gotthard Kettler, the first Duke of Courland and Semigallia, granted the Baltic German Plater family, the dominant nobles throughout southeastern Latvia, an estate at the lake of Subate, and Alt-Subbath (Old Subbath) was established. After the Counter-Reformation, the Plater-Sybergs (Polish: Plater-Zyberk) converted to Catholicism, founding a mission with the intention of converting their serfs, and the Lutherans moved across the lake in protest, creating Neu-Subbath (New Subbath); the two towns were joined in 1894. By the late 19th century Jews composed about half of the population, and in 1914 there were ca. 2300 inhabitants. The town traded primarily in Lithuanian flax, but this trade languished after World War I. Almost all of Subate's Jews were brutally murdered in the Stahlecker phase of the Holocaust in 1941.


  • Arveds Švābe, ed.: Latvju enciklopēdija. Stockholm: Trīs Zvaigznes, 1952-1953.
  • Shtetl Focus: Subate. Retrieved 25. II. 2006.