Jelgava is an ancient city with over 750 years of history. Although the World Wars greatly changed the city's historical features, it is still the heart of Zemgale. To explore Jelgava is better on site, but before that let’s play a game that will present 15 historic and modern Jelgava places to better prepare for viewing the city, and at the same time improve memory. Here we go, we start the game!
Be the fastest and get a prize! Each month, the fastest game participant who has entered e-mail address will receive the surprise prize from Jelgava Regional Tourism Centre. Good luck!
On the playing field there are 30 tiles, which conceal 15 pairs of important Jelgava’s sites. Your task is as soon as possible to find all 15 pairs of objects. By clicking on the tile, open the object image and try to guess where the other part of the same image is. If the open tile images are the same, the object moves to the city map. If opened tiles are different, it closes, but strive to memorize the location of objects open.
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"Father of Latvian theatre" Adolf Alunan spent in this house the last two years of his life from 1910 to 1912. Now there is the only museum dedicated to A. Alunan. In the house you may feel the romance of the beginning of the 20th century, view the exhibition with interactive elements, try on costumes and get into the actor's role on the small stage.
The building known by its historical name Academia Petrina (Peter's Academy) was built in 1775 as the first University in the territory of Latvia. In the middle of the 20th century it hosted Jelgava City Museum named after the famous Latvian painter Gedert Elias (1887-1975). Here you can see historical interactive displays, art exhibitions. There are organized educational programs for different age groups.
The biggest Baroque palace in the Baltic States, it was built in 1738 by the project of prominent Russian court architect F.B.Rastrelli. Previously the residence of the Duke of Courland and Semigallia, today it is the home for the Latvian University of Agriculture. At the Palace museum you can view the Duke of Courland crypt, where the dukes and their family members are buried.
The church was built in 1906 by the design of architect K.E. Strandmanis in pseudo Gothic style. Its interior is richly adorned with decorative elements. Over the entrance you can view the bas-relief "The Last Supper." During World War II the church burned, its renovation was completed only in 1992, and in 1996 Pope John Paul II has granted the church with the cathedral status.
In 1574 the first stone Lutheran church in the world was built here, which was the largest church in Zemgale. It was destroyed at the end of the World War II, and the church was no longer restored. However, in 2010 the Bell Tower was reconstructed and has become the most visited tourist site in Jelgava with its modern, interactive exhibitions on history and observation deck of 37 meters high.
The museum has an exhibition of one of the oldest and most important Latvian railway hubs: Riga - Jelgava railway line, which opened in 1868. In the museum you can see the railway history and daily work-related items. Tours to the former Jelgava train depot are offered.
152 meters long bridge is one of the longest pedestrian and cyclist bridges in Latvia, it connects the city centre with the Pasta island. Technical solution of bridge is considered to be unique in the Baltics - it bent in three dimensions as the letter 'S' and supported by 28 cables, held by two pylons.
Pasta Island is the perfect place for a peaceful, but also active leisure time: here there are decorated children's playgrounds, pedestrian and bike paths, outdoor fitness equipment, beach volleyball courts, a skating rink during the winter months. In the centre of the island there is an open-air stage, hosting the largest city festivals, outdoor parties and theatrical performances.
The memorial sign by sculptor Kārlis Īle is dedicated to Nora Bumbiere, popular Latvian pop singer in the 70s of the 20th century, who was born in Jelgava. The sculptor has combined in the memorial two popular hit singles of N.Bumbiere - "Song about the last leaf" and "Mute Song."
The monument was unveiled on 21 November 1992; it is devoted to liberation of Jelgava from Bermont army in the liberation struggle of 1919. The sculptor Andrejs Jansons restored the monument „Lāčplēsis (Bear-slayer) and Dark Knight”, created by his father Karlis Jansons in 1932.
Jānis Čakste was the first president of Latvia from 1922 to 1927. He was born in 1859 in Jelgava district, received education in Jelgava, worked and done a lot for the benefit of the city. This is the second monument in Jelgava dedicated to the president, it was unveiled in 2003, the author - sculptor A. Dumpe. The previous monument was erected in 1930 near the building of Academia Petrina, but during World War II it was destroyed.
On the Pils island between the rivers Lielupe and Driksa there are floodplain meadows famous for their plant and bird diversity. To save it, more than 70 wild horses were inhabited here, whose main task is to graze on the meadows that they are not overgrown. The best value of the island can be explored with a guide.
Jelgava is known as the capital of Latvian students. The author of the sculpture Kārlis Īle was inspired by the students' song „Ir vakars vēls un lietus līst, pa Jelgavu kāds students klīst” („It is late evening and raining, a student is wandering around Jelgava”). The sculpture portrays a 3rd year student Jēkabs Ceriņš, whose birthday is on July 26. The student’s umbrella handle has a special power - it brings good luck.
This is the oldest church preserved until today in Jelgava. The stone building was built in the first half of the 17th century. At the church you may view the painting of famous Latvian painter J. Rozental "Christ and the Samaritan woman." The cathedral hosts spiritual and classical music concerts and has the largest organ in Zemgale region.
The church was built in 1890-1892 by the architect N. Chagin project, the fundaments and altar partially remained from the previous church, which was built in 1774 according to the design of the architect F.B. Rastrelli. The Church has the typical for Orthodox churches luxurious interior and the bell-tower with nine bells.