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Bauska Castle and Rundale Palace

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Latvia.

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This was the last of the stone castle strongholds built by the 15th Century Livonian Order of Knights and was completed in 1456. Destroyed in 1706 it has been reconstructed and now houses a museum. 12kms away, Rundale Palace is much higher up the list of archaeological attractions; built in the 18th Century and designed by the Italian architect also responsible for Russia’s Hermitage, this is Latvia’s baroque and rococo masterpiece: opulent and intricate, damaged by fighting the palace has been restored and converted into a museum. It will be the 400th anniversary of Bauska town’s founding in 2009.

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Rundale Palace - baroque and rococo masterpiece of Northern Europe

Rundāle Palace ensemble is one of the most outstanding architectural and art monuments of baroque and rococo in Latvia. It was built as the summer residence of Ernst Johann Biron, the Duke of Courland and a favourite of the Russian Empress Anna Ioannovna. The Palace was designed by the famous Russian Court architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli and it was built between 1736 and 1740.

Services offered: excursions with the guide in LV, RUS, ENG, GER; thematic excursions, restaurant, café, summer pavilion in the park, wine cellar, souvenirs, electromobile, picnic sites, an orchard, Garden-party and Early Music concerts.

Home page: www.rundale.net

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