A small historical reference
Aluksne - Aluksne center edge of the country, located on the north-east of Latvia at the lake of the same name. The first written mention - 1284. Until 1917 it called Marienburg - from Marienburg castle (the name given in honor of the castle of Our Lady), built on the island, used to protect trade routes from Riga to Pskov.
Russian army led by Count Sheremetev captured the city during the Great Northern War in 1702. This prisoner was Gluck and his pupil March Skavronskaya (Cruz), who became his mistress and later the wife of the first Russian emperor Peter I. In 1724, under the name of Catherine I was crowned to the Russian throne, becoming the Russian empress.