Ogre - City of Latvia
Ogre is the principal town of Ogre District in Central Latvia, 36 km east of the capital Riga, situated at the confluence of the Daugava and Ogre rivers. It has been a town since 1928. Ogre is composed of three parts: Jaunogre, Ogre and Parogre.
The name of Ogre comes from the Ogre river. The Ogre village was first mentioned in 1206, called Oger in German. It 1861, when a railway Riga-Daugavpils was built, Riga's residents started to build summer-cottages here. In 1862 Ogre became a health resort.
The Town's Coat of arms was granted in 1938 and shows the beautiful river and pinewoods of Ogre.
There is a cultural centre, an art school and a music school in Ogre. It has 3 Latvian language schools, and 1 Russian language school - Jaunogres vidusskola.
The town also has a cemetery with the remains of German soldiers died during the First and Second World Wars, or died in captivity from 1944 to 1951.
The building of Ogre railway station
Architect: A. Sinicins
Built in 1859. In 1944 the building was blown up and then it was restored in 1947 following the Soviet standard project of railway stations.
The Parogre railway station
It was opened on 1939 thanks to the donated building materials. This building is the unique example of wooden railway stations. It is one of few fooden stations along the railway line Riga - Daugavpils that has still remained untounched.
The Ogre Lutheran church
Address: Brivibas iela 51, T. 5047915
Architect: H. Kundzinš
The church was built in 1930 in Neo-Gothic style.
St. Nicolas Brinumdaritaja Orthodox church
Address: Krasta iela 15
Architect: L. Klešnina
The memorial signpost in honour of folk song collectors
It was unveiled in October 1993 near the homestead "Vecuteles" by poet I. Ziedonis.
The memorial sign to Latvian theatre and Auseklis
This sculpture with the words "Theatre, Auseklis, Vecuteles 1873" on it was made by P. Mella and was unveiled on 18 September 1990.
LATVIA National Bird : White Wagtail
LATVIA National Flower : Oxeye Daisy or pipene, Leicanthemum vulgare