Rezekne(rā`zĕknə), Ger. Rositten, city (2011 provisional pop. 32,295), E Latvia, on the Rezekne River. It is a rail junction and agricultural market center. Rezekne developed around a castle that was built in 1285 by the Livonian Brothers of the SwordLivonian Brothers of the Sword
or Livonian Knights
, German military and religious order, founded in 1202 by Bishop Albert of Livonia for the purpose of conquest and Christianization in the Baltic lands.
..... Click the link for more information. . The city passed to the Polish-Lithuanian state in 1569 and to Russia during the first partition of Poland in 1772. It was incorporated into newly independent Latvia in 1918.
(Rezhitsa until 1920), a city under republic jurisdiction and administrative center of Rēzekne Raion, Latvian SSR; located on the Rēzekne River, which empties into Lake Lubāna. Junction of the Riga-Moscow and Leningrad-Warsaw railroad lines. Population, 34,000 (1974).
Rēzekne is the site of a milk-canning plant, a fruit and vegetable combine, and a meat-packing plant. There also are plants for the production of milking machines, construction tools, and reinforced-concrete structures. Mixed feeds are produced, and there is flax processing. Rēzekne has a school of applied arts, a music school, and a museum of local lore. It became a city in 1773.