Cesvaine Palace

Coat of arms
Location in Latvia

Coordinates: 56°58′N 26°19′E / 56.967°N 26.317°E / 56.967; 26.317Coordinates: 56°58′N 26°19′E / 56.967°N 26.317°E / 56.967; 26.317

Country  Latvia
Town rights 1991
 • Mayor Vilnis Špats
 • Total 5 km2 (2 sq mi)
 • Rural territory 180.4 km2 (69.7 sq mi)
 • Total 3,356
 • Density 671.2/km2 (1,738/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-4871
Calling code +371 648
Number of city council members 9

Cesvaine (Cesvaine Palace, built in 1896 near the ruins of previous medieval castles.


Territory of modern Cesvaine before the Livonian Crusade in 13th century was part of the Principality of Jersika and was inhabited by ancient Latgalians. It is first mentioned in the written sources in 1209 (Latin: Urbs Zcessowe) in the treaty between bishop Albert of Riga and Visvaldis of Jersika. In 1211 Bishopric of Riga and Livonian Brothers of Sword partitioned lands of Jersika between themselves. Territory of Cesvaine fell in the part of Swordbrothers however in 1213 some of the lands was exchanged and Cesvaine became property of Bishop of Riga.

In the beginning of 15th century stone castle was built in Cesvaine and settlement started to grow. In the end of the 16th century there were already 80 houses in Cesvaine. During Livonian War in 1577 defenders of Cesvaine castle refused to surrender so Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible ordered to destroy the castle and whole town. After the war in 1582 Cesvaine became part of Duchy of Livonia.

In 1656 during Second Northern War Russians again seized the castle and destroyed town.

New period in the history of Cesvaine started in the 1815 when settlement and nearby lands was bought by baron von Wulf. Cesvaine became centre of the manor and rapid development started in the second half of 19th century.

In 1932 Cesvaine became a village in the Republic of Latvia. It was granted town rights in 1991. Since 2009 it is administrative centre of Cesvaine municipality.

Born in the city

See also

List of cities in Latvia