This book continues the series of publications ‘Monuments of Art in Latvia’ that began with the book ‘The Heritage of Religious Architecture and Art in Daugavpils District ‘ by Rūta Kaminska and Anita Bistere (2006).
This one volume brings together information about three former districts of Zemgale – those of Jelgava, Bauska and Dobele. According to the current administrative division, these former districts correspond to the municipalities of Jelgava, Ozolnieki, Dobele, Tērvete, Auce, Bauska, Rundāle, Iecava and Vecumnieki (the last of which includes the churches of Valle and Kurmene, located in Aizkraukle District prior to the reform).
The book includes descriptions of 53 religious buildings: 34 Lutheran churches, nine Roman Catholic churches, five Orthodox churches, two synagogues, one Reformed church, one Old Believer congregational hall and one Seventh Day Adventist house of prayer. Six of these buildings have been destroyed entirely.
Mārīte Putniņa (1967) has worked in the field of cultural monuments protection since 1990. Now Inspector of the Zemgale Regional Department of the State Inspection for Heritage Protection. She has created several publications and exhibitions on the themes relating to the study and preservation of the cultural heritage.