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Interesting Places to See in Daugavpils. Part 3

Interesting Places to See in Daugavpils.

We’ll tell you what interesting places you can see in Daugavpils, and what you can do here in your free time. In our today’s article, we’re going to look at the history of the Russian and Polish Houses, as well as the Lead Shot Factory in our city. It’s noteworthy that these places are located at the same street – Varshavas Street.

Russian House

The Russian House is the center of Russian culture in Daugavpils. It was established in 1994. The Russian House is located at Varshavas Street. Its mission is the study, preservation, and development of Russian cultural traditions in Daugavpils and in Latvia. Geroida Ivanovna Bogdanova was the center’s director in 1995-2019.

Russian House

Every year, the Center of Russian Culture organizes and conducts a large number of cultural events, including conferences, seminars, and lectures. They often run competitions for children and youth, exhibitions of Russian artists and craftsmen, festivals, and concerts. They put special emphasis on traditional Russian folk holidays. Visitors of the Russian House can see expositions which present traditional religious confessions and Russian art crafts.

There are 8 art groups in the Centre of Russian Culture: folk groups “Rusichi” and “Slavyanka”, a mixed choir “Malinovyi Zvon”, a men’s vocal group “Melodya”, a children’s vocal group “Ochelye”, as well as dance groups “Balaguri” and “Kruzhilikha”.

Polish House

The Center of Polish Culture was established in 1997 on the initiative of the Poles living in Daugavpils, and with the support of the Daugavpils City Council. The center was established as an organization which promotes Polish language, culture, history, as well as Polish national heritage in Latgale and Latvia. Zhanna Stankevich is the director of the Polish House.

Polish House

The main mission of the Center of Polish Culture is the organization of various cultural events for pre-school children, students, and adults. The employees of the center always provide young talented people with a variety of opportunities for the development of their skills and talents, and giving them a chance to receive knowledge and skills necessary for active participation in public and cultural live. Besides that, the center actively cooperates with the representatives from other countries, for example, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine.

Lead Shot Tower

The Lead Shot Tower is the only ammunition operative tower in Europe. It’s located in the historical part of the Lead Shot Factory and it hasn’t changed since it was built at the end of the 19th century. It was built on the top of the hill to ensure efficient lead casting. Therefore, it’s significantly higher than any other buildings in Daugavpils. From the top of the tower you can see the Church Hill and the city center. In the summer, you can go on excursion around the factory and learn about its history. There is also a shooting range at the factory.

Lead Shot Tower

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