My first time in Rundale-Visiting the Rundales Castle

Hello, My darlings! So I and my Darling Boyfriend are continuing to travel thru Latvia and this time we visited Rundale the famous Rundales Castle. It was my first time visiting and I loved it.

First of all, it’s so beautiful, yes…the tickets were on the expensive side but it was definitely worth it. The only downside was…rain and gray skies, so lots of rooms were darker and the pictures I took are not the best(so I’m sorry about it). It was so amazing to be at a place with such rich history and learn more about it. If you are planning to visit, be ready to walk A LOT. So wear some comfy shoes.

Brief History

In 1735 Duke of Courland Ernst Johann von Biron bought land in Rundāle with an old medieval castle in the territory of a planned summer residence. The old castle was demolished and construction after the design of Bartolomeo Rastrelli started in 1736. Construction proceeded slowly because part of the materials and resources were transferred to the construction of Jelgava Palace, a project which was more important for the duke.

Following Biron’s fall from grace in 1740, the palace stood unfinished and empty until 1762 when Biron returned from his exile. Under the supervision of Rastrelli its construction was finished in 1768. Johann Michael Graff produced lavish stucco decorations for the palace during this time. Ernst Johann von Biron loved the palace and moved there almost immediately in 1768. He often visited the palace and spent summers there until his death in 1772.

After Duchy of Courland and Semigallia was absorbed by the Russian Empire in 1795, Catherine the Great presented the palace to Count Valerian Zubov, the youngest brother of her lover, Prince Platon Zubov. He spent his declining years thereafter the death of Valerian Zubov in 1804. His young widow, Thekla Walentinowicz, a local landowner’s daughter, married Count Shuvalov, and the palace passed into the control of the Shuvalov family, with whom it remained until the German occupation in World War I when the German army established a hospital and a commandant’s office there.

During the French invasion of Russia in 1812, the palace was used as a hospital for Napoleon’s army. Several soldiers who died in this hospital were buried in the park of the palace. A monument has since been built there. At the end of the 19th century, the palace and park were restored and reconstructed.

The palace was dealt a serious blow after World War II, when a grain storehouse was set up in the premises in addition to the school. Later, the duke’s dining room was transformed into the school’s gymnasium. A school was located in the palace until 1978.

The Ball Room was my Favorite!

Another Interesting Room!

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