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Kraslava was granted the rights of a town in 1923. The population in 2007 - 10854. The area - 8.6 sq km Kraslava lies in the picturesque Daugava valley surroundel by dark pine and fir tree forest. Kraslava was mentioned for the first time in documents in 1558, but the town started developing in 1729, when Count Ludvig Plater bought this place. For nearly two centuries the Plater family determined Kraslava economical and cultural life. Craftmen from Poland and Germany in co-operation with local people organized the production of carpets, velvet, silk and cotton material, weapons, jewellery and other goods. The goods were in demand at the four Kraslava fairs and also in Kurzeme, Poland and Germany. Kraslava cannot be imagined without the Kraslava Roman Catholic Church, Kraslava Palace(Kraslava manor building of the Von Plater residence), the library and the water-mill built during the Platres time. People in Kraslava are very proud that in the 18 - 19th century a Ctholic Seminarium functioned here. It was the first establishment in Latgale. The most famous people of Kraslava are the sculptor Naums Aronsons, the writer and philosopher Konstantins Raudive, the writer Cecilija Dinere, the poet Valdis Kraslavieties and the painter Pavils Glaudans.
Church is wonderful! Visit this place if you want to gain a peace
nice,small quite town
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