The Landscape of Zemgale Lowland

The Zemgale lowland is an iconic landscape of agriculture, which gained a particular importance for Latvian nation at the first Latvian independence period. This landscape – the symbolic “granary” of Latvia – defines the economic activities of a man in the most fertile area [the country’s most fertile lands/or soli] and it embodies both the life of wealthy farmers described in Latvian literature and the great changes in the landscape of the modernist period, which laid the foundations for the shape of today’s Zemgale lowland landscape. It is a landscape that is vast and grand, it has the land’s strength to give and a man’s ability to use it. It is visually impressive as well – it is made up from open and large fields, with patches of orchards here and there, clusters of houses and forests, villages and agricultural factories, alleys and river valley forests.

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