Duke's bedroom, Rundale Palace, Latvia
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Duke's bedroom, Rundale Palace, Latvia

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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.

More in virtual tour of Rundale Palace at http://www.virtuallatvia.lv/rundale-palace

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A: View over the french garden of Rundale Palace, Latvia

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B: The Duke’s Reception Room at Rundale Palace, Latvia

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D: Duke's Billiard Room at the Rundale Palace, Latvia

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G: Exhibition "From the Gothic Style to Art Nouveau" in Rundale Palace, Latvia

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H: Baroque immersion at the Rundale palace, Latvia

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I: Grand stair case of Rundale palace, Latvia

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