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KĀRSAVA (KARSAU)

            Kārsava, a site inhabited since ancient times with a number of Latgalian hill fortresses, is located on the banks of the Kārsava and Ūdrāja Rivers, 31 km west of Ludza. The decisive factor in setting of the townships development was the building of a Catholic church (1763) in its territory (this is just one of several similar examples of how villages and towns were established in Latgale). Located on the busy postal road between Rēzekne and Ostrova, Kārsava became a trading centre. The township suffered a severe setback when French troops laid waste to it in 1812 and it took several decades to recover. Kārsava was granted a town charter in 1928.
          The aforementioned Kārsava Catholic Church is a small wooden building formed as a two-towered quasi basilica. The church’s layout is a Latin cross form. The church’s interior fittings, three altars and a pulpit, have been preserved from the time of its construction. The wood carved decorations on the objects are important elements of Latgale’s Rococo sacral art  heritage.

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