Rundale Palace (see also Wikipedia) is an outstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo art, which was designed by the Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli (who also designed the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, the winter residence of the Russian Tsar).
Rundale Palace - Photo at InspirationRiga.lv - Riga Convention Bureau
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Today Rundale is used to receive foreign dignitaries and is the site of the Rundale Museum. In addition, the Latvian President's inaugural ball is also held there.
Rundale Palace was built from 1736 to 1740 as the summer residence of Ernst Johann von Biron (also written Biren, originally Bühren), Duke of Courland (born in Kalnciems, see also Latvijas celvedis, died in Jelgava, see also Latvijas celvedis and In Your Pocket). Biron was so powerful that he practically ran Russia for a number of years.
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