The city of Dokshitsy
The city of Dokshitsy in Vitebsk region is the city of two rivers, flowing into different parts of the world and in different seas. The Viliya (a tributary of the Neman) leaves into the Baltic Sea, the Berezina (a tributary of the Dnieper River) leaves into the Black Sea. And both rivers have the same source which is Dokshitsy.
The image of the two rivers, carrying away water fr om Dokshitsy, finally became the symbol of this small town (about 7000 inhabitants). On the emblem of Dokshitsy, which they received in 1796, there are two pouring jugs shown on a green background.
What pours out of Dokshitsy pitchers?
Some locals interpret the image differently. They joke, for instance, that in fact a liquid which is quite strong, rather than the river water, pours out of them. There is a fact that in the mid-19th century in Dokshitsy there were only two businesses - a distillery and a mead brewery, this assumption is not unreasonable. But, fortunately, it is not confirmed by the real facts.
The sculptural composition with two pitchers stands out in all its beauty in the center of the town. Recently "The Festival of Two Rivers" has been held in the district center.
Note that by the name of one of these rivers the famous Berezinskiy reserve was named, a part of which is located on the territory of Dokshitsy district (a little more than 40 km from Dokshitsy).
Where did "Dokshitsy" come from?
If you think that Dokshitsy received its name in honor of the popular extensions .doc, you are very wrong. All is not so simple.
No matter how long historians have explained the origin of the name of the city but they didn’t agree.
Bread flavor and Chupacabra
But in the ancient chronicles Dokshitsy was first mentioned only in 1407 (Vitovt’s Merit). It was the paper about some tributaries (doxyczahe), which were transferred into the possession of governor Manivid. Since 1407, it is the official count of the story of Dokshitsy.
The status of the city Dokshitsy received in 1795, but two years later at the behest of the authorities of the Russian Empire, the town once again became a borough between two districts - Vileyka and Borisov. Only in 1940 it became a town and a district center again. By the way, the City Day in Dokshitsy they celebrate in autumn on September, 15-16.
Except distilleries, which we have already mentioned, there were many mills in the town and the surrounding area. Dokshitsy has preserved its "bread" specialization to the present days. Dokshitsy Bakery is known in Belarus to many people, but in the city itself fresh loaves always smell.
Are you satisfied? Then catch the sensation which is generously generated by this town on the south-western part of Vitebsk region. If you do not know, they caught the notorious "Chupacabra" here in 2013…
5 remarkable places in the Dokshitsy city