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Jersika’s Revelation of Christ Orthodox Church

Jersika is situated near Daugavpils. Two kilometres down the Daugava River there is a small hill which was once the location of the ancient Gercige Castle, i.e., the capital of the ancient Gercige Grand Duchy. The Grand Duchy was situated in the span from Kukeinose (present Koknese) to Dinaburg (present Daugavpils).

  • Jersika’s Revelation of Christ Orthodox Church
  • Photo: Līvāni District Tourism Information Centre
  • Jersika’s Revelation of Christ Orthodox Church
  • Photo: Līvāni District Tourism Information Centre
  • Jersika’s Revelation of Christ Orthodox Church
  • Photo: Līvāni District Tourism Information Centre
  • Jersika’s Revelation of Christ Orthodox Church
  • Photo: Līvāni District Tourism Information Centre

To commemorate the ancient historic events the second bishop of the Latvian Orthodox Church had the title Bishop of Jersika. During the period of Russian Empire Jersika was beautifully and proudly referred to as Cargrade (Tsargrad). Cargrade did not have its own Orthodox church.

When entering Jersika from the side of Līvāni you may notice such interesting building as mobile iron Orthodox Church of tsar’s army constructed in 1866. It present location was designated in 1904. The church reminds of a traveller stopped for a brief rest to continue the route later.
The church was constructed in 1866 using sectional structures manufactured in Odessa. The church was transported to its present location and installed in 1904. Previously it was installed in 1886 in Daugavpils.

The church is a home for one monument of art. Today the Revelation of Christ Orthodox Church is located in Jersika.

The church is special due to its possible uniqueness, because the exterior decoration, i.e., walls, window frames, roof rafters, rood, the base of the dome and the dome, has been made of iron or cast iron. The church is referred to in public as the Iron Church (Dzelzs baznīca). Previously the church was situated in Daugavpils at the spot where the Ss. Boris-Gleb Cathedral is standing now.

 
56.258942, 26.206240
  • Address: 
    Līvāni district, Jersika parish, Jersika, LV-5315
  • Phone: 
    +371 65343872
  • Mobile: 
    +371 29398198
  • Languages spoken: 
    • Latvian
    • Russian
  • Admission fee: 
    For donations
  • Payment methods: 
    • Cash
Services: 
  • Guide service available
  • Souvenirs
Amenities and Features: 
  • Access for disabled people
  • Free parking
  • WC
Last updated: 28.08.2014