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/Rundale Palace

>18th Century Palace

Rundale Palace is the former summer residence of the Duke of Kurland. The 18th century Rundale Palace is a treasure 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 favourite of the Russian Empress Anna Ioanovna. The palace has had many owners and uses including an elementary school. The Rundale Palace Museum was founded here in 1972. It has taken some 40 years to restore the Palace rom its misery to its former grandeur and splendour.