The small textile-manufacturing center of Bauska, Latvia, 40 mi/65 km south of Riga, near the border with Lithuania, has existed since at least 1236. Bauska's Old Town, with its renovated 16th-century Holy Spirit Church and many one-story wooden buildings, merits a look.

The Livonian Order castle (first mentioned in historical documents in 1443) is partly in ruins and partly restored. The restored part now houses Bauska Castle Museum.

Bauska hosts numerous festivals each year, including a renaissance music festival in July.

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