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Bauska Castle, Bauska

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Tourist Spots
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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 impressive castle, the remains of which were recently restored, stands on the narrow peninsula at the confluence of the rivers Mūsa 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). Castle was intended to strengthen Order's power over Semigallia, to protect the border with Grand Duchy of Lithuania and to control the trade route from Lithuania to Riga. The castle was both military stronghold and the administrative center 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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  • On the outskirts of the Western town of Bauska. It is on the banks of the river mamere. Riverbank promenade, nice view from there. Zhujiang new town and Castle are integrated.
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  • Restored part of the castle looks like a fairy-tale Palace. We had the impression)). Unfortunately, the Livonian castle ruins himself.
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  • I visit here several times and last time I visit around and also museum part. Around of castle surrounded river, amphi theatre and garden. Inside of museum is not satisfied because nothing to interest...  read more »
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