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Scenes from the past, 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.

Find more about the Rundale Palace at http://rundale.net

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B: Duke's Reception Room in Rundale Palace, Latvia

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Duke's Reception Room in Rundale Palace, Latvia

C: Rundale Palace In The Yard

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D: Baroque dance reenactors at the Golden Hall in Rundale Palace, Latvia

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Baroque dance reenactors at the Golden Hall in Rundale Palace, Latvia

E: President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers at the 274th anniversary of Rundale Palace, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 50 meters away

Rundale Palace is a true treasury of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. The palace with an adjacent Fr...

President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers at the 274th anniversary of Rundale Palace, Latvia

G: Duchess' boudoir, Rundale Palace, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 80 meters away

Duchess' boudoir, Rundale Palace, Latvia

H: The Rose Room in Rundale Palace, Latvia

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The Rose Room in Rundale Palace, Latvia

I: Reconstruction of the 18th century Duchess' dress at Rundale Palace, Latvia

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You can see the prototype of the reconstructed dress on the big painting on the background. Here you ...

Reconstruction of the 18th century Duchess' dress at Rundale Palace, Latvia

J: Golden Hall in Rundale Palace, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 80 meters away

Rundale Palace is a true treasury of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. The palace with an adjacent Fr...

Golden Hall in Rundale Palace, Latvia

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