Jelgava

Jelgava is the town located in the center of Latvia and is just 41kms away from Riga. In the Semigallia region, this is the largest town. Earlier Jelgava was the capital of the Courland Duchy. This was until the year 1919. The town of Jelgava was also known as Yelgava as well. This town is situated on the fertile plain of the river of Leilupe and is also surrounded by a canal which is known as Jacob's Cahnnel.

This town acts as the main market of the popular products like grain and timber. The Jelgava Air Base is also located here. Like many other cities of Latvia, it is called by different names by the neighboring countries.

In terms of geography, the location of Jelgava is 56�39'N, 23�43'E. The present Mayor of Jelgava is Andris Ravin� and the city is blessed with 15 city council members. The area of the town is 60 km� with a population of less than 70,000. This is one of the renowned cities of the country where you can look forward to spend a quality vacation. Travel to Latvia will let you discover this beautiful town which can compete with any other notable towns of the world. The town also boasts of a rich history, worth noting.

Jelgava is also a tourist attraction which is known for its regular, broad streets lined with the mansions of the Baltic German nobility. The old castle, established in the year 1266 reveals the architectural excellence of the place. This is situated on an island in the river and was destroyed by Duke Biren who constructed a spacious palace here. Here you will find the sarcophagi of all of the Curonian dukes. The visitors will be impressed to find the Latvian University of Agriculture and various other landmarks include the Baroque church of St. Anne, the tower of the destroyed Trinity church, the Villa Medema and the Academia Petrina.

In the past, the city had to encounter several wars, yet it has been able to retain the beauty and went on with its development. On traveling to Europe you will rarely find such specimen like this town. The city which was developed between the two rivers Lielupe and Driksa which received the first fortification in the 13th century. With the passing phase, Jelgava also expanded and constructed its railways in the year 1868. This led to the triggered growth of development in trade and commerce. Jelgava, which has become a part of Latvia, is now one of the modern towns and certainly of the best tourist site.