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The Daugava River Landscape

The Daugava River and its primeval valley is one of the most impressive and grand nature’s formations in Latvia. As are the landscapes of Daugava – the unique Bends of the Daugava River (Daugavas loki), its wide delta, picturesque views of the valley terraces and steep slopes, and the shores rich with forests, waterscapes of rapids or the slow and steady Daugava’s flow. Also, territorially the Daugava River is one of the most important natural features, playing a huge role in the historical and political geography of the territory of Latvia. For a long time, Daugava has served as a bordering river in the political map of Latvia, as a corridor for trade and conquest, as a place for decisive fights and fortifications, as an icon for the Third Awakening in Latvia (the Singing Revolution). These historical and geographical aspects have made Daugava the significant and powerful symbol for the river of destiny (Likteņupe).

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