Historical centre of Subate

Subate is located at the very border with Lithuania. It is a small town that has taken shape during the 16th-19th centuries, for the most part on the western bank of Lake Subate. In the town centre, on one side of the Tirgus (Market) Sguare, there rises the Subate Catholic Church built in 1831, featuring a late 18th century sculptural group "Calvary" and a crucifix. By following Krasta iela from the market place and then crossing the bridge, one can reach the eastern bank of Lake Subate. There, on a hill, stands a notable monument of architecture, the Subate Lutheran Church built in 1686 in Byzantine style

The historical centre of Subate ranks among the town building monuments of national significance. The most remarkable sites are: the building development on the northern side of the market square, the even number side of Brīvības iela, the alley in the SE direction as far as the lake, the buildings on the odd number side of Baznīcas iela, and the even number side of Ilūkstes iela.
The pharmacy in the town centre is one of the oldest in the Daugavpils District and has been occupying the present facilities since 1925. This pharmacy is called the New pharmacy, to distinguish it from the Old Chemist's Shop, opened in 1814 by pharmacist Georg Weke and operating till 1936.
On the eastern bank of Lake Subate, there spreads a birch grove; one of the people who planted it was former President Kārlis Ulmanis. A stone has been installed in the grove to commemorate the occasion.
A legend recounts a heroic battle waged by the residents of the Subate castle and its chieftain against Lithuanians. The chieftain's spirit turned into an eagle; the bird landed on top of the castle tower and screamed three times. The castle then sank and all Lithuanian warriors died. Human bones can still be found on the hill, and the lake now bears the chieftain's name.

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Last updated: 01.09.2014