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This hilltop city features impressive medieval remains, inviting parks, and cultural events that showcase local tradition.

Cesis is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. Cesis is on the Gauja River valley, and is built on a series of ridges above the river overlooking the woods below. Cesis was one of the candidate cites for the title of European Capital of Culture 2014. Cesis was also developed as a health resort. Upmarket summer houses and health centers were built in the vicinity of the Gauja. 'Cirulisi' near the Svetavots (Holy Spring) Cave is the most remarkable of them, with a spring believed to possess healing powers. Main attractions in this town include the Cesis Castle, Christ Transfiguration Orthodox Church, and St. John's Church.
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