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The Latgalian Lake District Landscape

The landscape of Latgalian lakes or “the land of the blue lakes” is a metaphorical name for Latgale uplands (Latgales augstiene), which is covered with countless big and small lakes. Between the hills they writhe and circle around, creating peculiar lake patterns that forms a unique Latvian landscape – the symbol of the glacier-made land of lakes. This lake district has not only its natural beauty, which has been described by many Latgalian authors and admired by man travelers, but also its geographical terrain has had a significant role in the formation of many cultural and historical traits. This landform has no natural geomorphologic border in the territory of Latvia, it stretches into parts of Russia and Belorussia, reaches Vilnius and Poland, thus creating essential conditions for the historical merging of different neighboring nations and the forming of Latgale cultural landscape.

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