Ludza is the oldest town in Latgale and is situated in a picturesque, hilly area. It is surrounded by five lakes –the Lielais and Mazais (Large and Small) Ludza Lakes, Lakes Zvirgzdene, Dūnākla and Runtorta. The beginnings of the town can be traced back to the ancient settlement at the nearby Zvirgzdene Šelupinku Ķīšukalns. The ruins of the mighty stone castle built by German crusaders in 1399 are magnificently mirrored in the waters of the Lielais and Mazais Ludza Lakes. Ludza’s historic centre, with 19th-century wooden and brick houses and enclosed courtyards, is itself a beautiful architectural monument.
Ancient Zilupe valley
St Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church in Pasiene
Latgalian crucifix in a country scene
Daugava River Bends