Located on the bank of the river Lielupe, 42 kilometers southwest of Riga, Jelgava was the former capital of Duchy of Courland from the 16th to 18th centuries.
The town’s main attraction is the Jelgava palace. The baroque palace was built during the 18th century according to the plans of Russian court architect F.B. Rastrelli. Jelgava Palace was formerly the residence of the Duke of Courland, and was later the home of the exiled king Louis XVIII of France. The palace now houses the Latvian Agricultural University and also contains a museum.
Jelgava Palace, Latvia