The inland harbor town of Jelgava, 25 mi/40 km southwest of Riga, set on the partly polluted Lielupe River, was once a favorite of the Duke of Courland and is now a center of the textile industry.

The landscaped park in nearby Tervete is full of wooden sculptures of gnomes—the fairytale characters from a book by famous Latvian writer Anna Brigadere.

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