Welcome to Jelgava, the largest town in the region of Zemgale in central Latvia. With a population of 55,972, Jelgava is a bustling state city situated on a fertile plain rising only 3.5 metres above mean sea level on the right bank of the Lielupe river. Jelgava has a rich history as the former capital of the united Duchy of Courland and Semigallia, and the administrative center of the Courland Governorate. The name Jelgava is believed to be derived from the Livonian word jālgab, meaning town on the river. In this article, we will explore the city’s fascinating past, cultural landmarks, and beautiful parks.
Jelgava’s historic center is a treasure trove of architectural marvels that reflects the city’s rich heritage. The palace of Jelgava, situated on an island in the river, was destroyed by Duke Biren but is now a functioning university, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies. The palace contains the sarcophagi of almost all of the Curonian dukes, except the last one. Other landmarks include the Baroque church of St. Annes Church, the tower of the destroyed Jelgava St. Trinity Church, and two handsome structures: the Villa Medem and the Academia Petrina. The city also has many other cultural and historical objects that visitors must see.
Jelgava is a popular tourist destination and is sometimes called the Student capital of Latvia due to the presence of Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies. The city is home to several big factories, and its main football team, FK Jelgava, plays in the Latvian Higher League and has won the