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Bauska Castle, Bauska

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Bauska Castle is a complex consisting of the ruins of an earlier castle and a later palace on the outskirts of the Latvian city of Bauska.HistoryThe castle, the remains of which were recently restored, stands on the narrow peninsula at the confluence of the rivers Mūša and Mēmele where they form the Lielupe river. In ancient times, the hill was the site of an ancient Semigallian fortress. The first stone buildings were established between 1443 and 1456 by the Livonian branch of the Teutonic Knights and construction continued till the end of the 16th century. The old section of the castle featured a great watch tower, 3.5 meter thick walls, a prison under the tower, a garrison and a drawbridge at the gates.Construction started under the rule of the Master of the Livonian Order, Heidenreich Vinke von Overberg (1439 – 1450). The castle was intended to strengthen the Order's power over Semigallia, to protect the border with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and to control the trade route from Lithuania to Riga. The castle was both the military stronghold and the administrative centre of the area.After the collapse of the Livonian Order in 1562, Bauska Castle became one of the residences of the Dukes of Courland, for whom a new adjacent wing was built in the 17th century. In 1568, 1590 and 1601 the Landtags of Duchy of Courland and Semigallia were held here.
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  • There is definitely something to look at, even though almost all the halls quite empty, but if you find yourself in Bauska visit and this castle. And with the observation tower offers a good view.
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  • Another great tour of a very different traditional building. Highly recommended. Nicely complemented the visit to the palace.  more »
  • One of the important elements of the internal space of the castle-the light in the halls of the Palace, penetrating through the centuries-old technology recovered prescription glasses, as well as views, prelomljonnye and perekrashennye these luminaires. And perhaps the world should be, whether in humans and HA outside the Castle a little more love of optical detail and work with light.
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  • Outstanding beauty!!! It is amazing how such structure is in wonderful and beautiful condition. Everyone should visit this place. Esy to find, not expensive and very very lovely gardens!!
  • Beautiful place great for the kids to enjoy
  • Beautiful place. Few times there was bikers meetings.
  • Beautiful place. Recommend to visit
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