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Ilūkste

Ilūkste
Town
Ilūkste Roman Catholic Church
Ilūkste Roman Catholic Church
Coat of arms of Ilūkste
Coat of arms
Ilūkste is located in Latvia
Ilūkste
Ilūkste
Location in Latvia
Coordinates:
Country  Latvia
District Daugavpils District
Town rights 1917
Government
 • Mayor Stefans Rāzna
Area
 • Total 9 km2 (3 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 2,938
 • Density 326/km2 (840/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-5447
Calling code +371 654
Number of city council members 11

Ilūkste (   ; German: Illuxt) is a town and a seat of Ilūkste municipality, southeastern Latvia.

History

Ilūkste was first mentioned in 1559, part of the estate lands of Count Kasper Zibergs.

By 1795, thanks to its strategic location at the crossroads of Lithuania, Belarus and Daugavpils, Ilūkste became an important trade city and regional center, with 50 churches, 15 schools, and 150 taverns. In World War I, Ilūkste was situated on the fighting front line, and by the war's end the city was totally destroyed.

After the Soviet times, some industries shifted from Daugavpils to Ilūkste.

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