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Become a king or a queen for a day! The Rundāle Palace is one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo art in northern Europe. You will be impressed by the beauty of this 18th century prestigious palace built by Rastrelli with no less than 136 rooms. So do not wait, dukes, counts and barons await you in this magnificient pearl of Baroque.
Courtiers will have the pleasure to greet you and share the elegance and beauty of rococo style period. While you travel from room to room with guides, courtiers will perform genre scenes in luxury salons to recreate the ambiance of this wonderful palace. In full authentic costumes and with the aim to recapture the spirit of 18th century court life hosts will introduce story of the palace. One cannot imagine an 18th century palace without its garden ‘a la française’ which celebrates the victory of art over the nature. We always enjoy spending time in various bosquets and other romantic corners of the Palace Garden. Let us share our joy with you while performing genre scenes of leisurely outings of aristocratic couples.
Program in Rundale Palace includes:
* Courtiers (ceremony master and court ladies dressed in 18th century style costumes) greet guests on the State staircase and invite them to 'travel' through the Gallant 18th century.
* Symbolic reception in the Gold Throne Hall according to traditions of 18th c.
* Story about symbols of the White Hall, where courtiers will perform historical dance - Menuet. *Guests are divided into several groups for guided tours through Dukes apartments and Duchess's rooms. * While guests visit apartments Courtiers perform genre scenes of palace life in Dukes Billiard Hall, Duchess’ boudoir and garden of the Palace.
Information about the Palace
The Rundāle Palace is one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo art in northern Europe. The Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli designed and supervised the construction of Rundāle Palace. After the death of Empress Anna Janovna the Duke was arrested and lived in exile in Russia. Construction work in the palace was resumed after the Duke came back at the beginning of the reign of Empress Catherine II. The major part of the interior was completed between 1765- 1768. Italian masters Francesco Martini and Carlo Zucchi created the paintings on the ceilings and walls, while the sculptor Johann Michael Graff from Berlin and his team made stucco decorations on the background of artificial marble.
As a result of agrarian reforms in 1920 the palace became the property of the Republic of Latvia. After World War I flats and an elementary school were established in the damaged palace. In 1933 the palace was given over to the State Museum of History and limited repairs were carried out. The palace did not suffer damage during World War II but after the war some of its rooms were adapted into a granary. In 1972 Rundāle Palace Museum was founded and restoration of the palace began.