Rundale Palace is a true treasury of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. The palace with an adjacent French Regular park were designed by a famous Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in the 18th century as a summer residence of the Duke of Courland Ernst Johann Biron, the favorite of the Russian Empress Anna Ioanovna.
In the course of time and political rush the palace has changed many owners, had once even hosted an elementary school until finally reached a quite “harbour” when Rundale Palace Museum was founded here in 1972. Some 30 years later the palace, restored from misery, has become a refined bridge to the grandeur and splendour of the quaint epoch…
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