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Polatsk is a historical city in Belarus, situated on
the Dvina river. It is the center of Polatsk district in Vitebsk voblast.The
Old East Slavic name, Polotesk, is derived from the Polota river, that
flows into Dvina nearby. The Vikings rendered that name as Palteskja,
or Paltejsborg. Polatsk is one of the most ancient cities of the Eastern
Slavs. It was mentioned for the first time by the Primary Chronicle
in 862 (as polotesku), together with Murom and Beloozero. The Norse
sagas describe the city as the most heavily fortified in all of Rus.
Between the 10th and 12th centuries, the Principality of Polatsk emerged
as the dominant center of power in what is now Belarusian territory,
with a lesser role played by the principality of Turau( to the south.
It repeatedly asserted its sovereignty in relation to other centers
of Kievan Rus, becoming a political capital, the episcopal see and the
controller of vassal territories among Balts in the west. Its most powerful
ruler was prince Vseslav Bryachislavich (reigned from 1044 to 1101).
A 12th-century inscription commissioned by Vseslav's son Boris may still
be seen on a huge boulder installed near the St. Sophia Cathedral. For
a full list of Polotsk rulers, please see List of Belarusian rulers.
Polatsk became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1307, and it
is said to have been the main center of trade in the state. The Magdeburg
law was adopted in 1498. Polatsk was a capital of Po?ock Voivodship
of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth until 1772. Captured by the Russian
army of Ivan the Terrible in 1563, it was returned to Poland just 15
years later. That period of warfare started the gradual decline of the
city. After the first partition of Poland Polatsk degraded to the status
of a small provincial town of the Russian Empire. During the French
invasion of Russia in 1812, it was the setting of two battles, First
battle of Polotsk and Second battle of Polotsk.(WIKIPEDIA)