Bauska Castle was an important castle of the Livonian Order, it guarded southern borders of the Order territories and trade routs with Polish-Lithuanian Kingdom. The castle sits on a narrow peninsula at the confluence of rivers Mūsa and Mēmele where the two rivers unite to form Lielupe river, Latvia's second largest river. The first stone fortification was built on this site in mid XV century by the Livonian Order knights. Following demise of the Order state, Bauska Castle became the residence of the Dukes of Kurland, for whom the adjacent palace was built in the XVII century. During the Great Nordic War, both the castle and palace were blown up by the retreating Swedish troops and left abandoned for centuries.
Only ruins remain today from the Livonian Order fortress. The palace, however, is fully restored and can be visited as part of the City Museum of Bauska. In July, the vast parkland area surrounding the castle hosts an international festival of medieval music.
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limielski (2573) 2011-10-16 2:37
Amazing landscape with autumnal colors. I like this warm coloring and the charming atmosphere of your shot.
Have a nice Sunday!
paromitadey (596) 2011-10-16 22:48
Lovely colors and warm feeling of the sunlight in the shot. Well done.
brano14 (2566) 2011-10-17 14:09
Very colorful photo, nicely composed.