Rezekne, Latvia

Latvia is one of the European Union member states and is situated in the North of Europe. The capital of Latvia is Riga. There are four historical regions in Latvia – Latgale, Vidzeme, Kurzeme and Zemgale.Rezekne is the geographical centre of eastern part of Latvia, centre of religion, culture and education, called as city in the heart of Latgale. It is a multinational city where you can hear many different languages and find heritage of multi ethnical culture.

Rezekne is located 242 km from the capital city Riga, and it is a crossroad of two strategically important transportation trunk roads and railway (Riga-Moscow and St.Petersburg-Warsaw). Rezekne borders with Russia, Lithuania and Byelorussia and Rezekne is largest border city of European Union that Latvia starts with.

Every year in Rezekne are happening several regional and international festivals – City festival, Days of Baroque Music, Theatre festival “Soli pa solim”, International Contemporary art and music festival „Seven Hills Fest”, Baltic region short film festival „Open place”, Festival of national cultures, European Peoples’ Festival and other events.

Beautiful places in Rezekne:

The Monument “United for Latvia” (often called as Latgale’s Māra) is the most recognizable symbol of Rezekne, which symbolizes the idea of the freedom fights against the outside reign.

The Castle Hill is the oldest city landmark in Rezekne. From IX to XIII centuries there was the ancient fortified residence of ancient Latgalians. In the end of XIII century in this place Rositten castle of Livonian order was built. For the first time city was mentioned in 1285, under the name “Rositten”. From XVI century Rezekne was part of Poland – Lithuania princedom, after in XVIII century Rezekne became part of the Russian Empire. In 1802 the city became one of the centers of Vitebsk province. In 1918 finally was formed independent state of Latvia.

“Zeimuļs” is center of interest and non-formal education for children and youth in Rezekne. It is the biggest building under green roofs in the Baltic countries. The towers offer one of the most interesting views in Rezekne.

The Latgale Culture and History Museum is the meeting place for different generations, a place where one can get positively emotional. The museum offers exposition of city history, art exhibitions, and pedagogical activities for children. The unique exposition of Latgale ceramics „The Wonder created by clay and fire“ (European Destinations of Excellence – 2008) reflects Latgale ceramics in a historical aspect from the late Stone Age that was the beginning of pottery craft until nowadays.

GORS is the East Latvian regional multifunctional centre in Rezekne, where concerts, cinema, conferences and other events take place. The Embassy of Latgale GORS is a place where the story of Latgale is created and told. Culture heritage, ancient values and new ideas along with creativity and language can be found here and enjoyed by both the young and the old. Home for singers, dancers, amazing concerts, a place to relax and enjoy life at the cinema and restaurant.

1_The Monument “United for Latvia”. Photo: Aleksandrs Tolopilo
2_The Monument “United for Latvia”. Photo: Aleksandrs Tolopilo
3_The Castle Hill. Photo: Aleksandrs Tolopilo
4_The Castle Hill. Photo: Aleksandrs Tolopilo
5_Zeimuļs. Photo: Aleksandrs Tolopilo
6_The Latgale Culture and History Museum Photo: Aleksandrs Bondarenko
7_The Latgale Culture and History Museum Photo: Aleksandrs Bondarenko
8_GORS Photo: Aleksandrs Tolopilo

German Description:

Rezekne, Lettland.
Rezekne ist das geographische und kulturelle Zentrum der Region Latgale im Osten Lettlands. Rund 240 Kilometer von der Hauptstadt Riga entfernt liegt Rezekne an der Grenze zu Russland, Litauen und Weißrussland. Zwei große Bahnlinien (Riga-Moskau und St.Petersburg-Warschau) treffen sich in Rezekne und bringen so eine große Vielfalt mit in den Ort, der zur Hälfte russisch und zur anderen Hälfte traditionell lettisch geprägt ist.
Kulturell hat Rezekne einiges zu bieten. Jedes Jahr finden unterschiedliche regionale und internationale Festivals mit bildender Kunst, Theater und Musik statt. Ein großes Freilichttheater und mehrere kleinere Veranstaltungsräume bieten hierfür die passenden Orte. Im Latgale Museum für Kultur und Geschichte können die Besucher viel über die Region und seine Geschichte seit der Steinzeit erfahren.
Der Burgwall ist das älteste bauliche Monument in Rezekne. Vom 9. bis 13. Jahrhundert diente die Anhöhe als befestigte Anlage, um sich gegen Feinde zu verteidigen. Ab dem 16. Jahrhundert gehörte Rezekne zu Polen bis es im 18. Jahrhundert unter russischer Herrschaft geführt wurde. 1918 wurde in Lettland erstmals unabhängig.