The Rundale Palace: a miracle of baroque art in the landscape of Zemgale...
With its mightiness and dazzling beauty this gem of baroque and rococo art and architecture continues to take the traveller by surpise.
Rundale Palace is the 18th-century architectural highlight of provincial Latvia. The Palace is located just 12km (7mi) west of Bauska. It was designed and built in the 18th century by a baroque genius from Italy, Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who created many of St Petersburg's finest buildings.
Rundale Palace is open every day from May to October from 10 AM to 6 PM; from November to April from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Admission fee: adults 1,50Ls; students 1,00 Ls
This Palace was designed and built in 1802 in classicism style by the order of Russian emperor Pavel I. The most luxurious rooms are opened for visitors.
Open: Monday - Friday 8.00 - 17.00
Saturday, Sunday 9.00 - 18.00
Castle was build in the middle of the 15th century.
It served for the military goals of the Livonian Order, but later it was rebuilt into the fortified residence of the duke of Courland.
Dont forget to climb into the tower, it is worth climbing.
Bauska Castle Museum
The Bauska castle consists of the Livonian Order fortress built in the middle of the 15th century and the duke of Curland’s residence built in the castle – front at the end of the 16th century. The exhibition “Bauska’a new castle – history, study, restoration” can be viewed in the castle. It is also possible to climb up to the tower.
The principal attraction of Bauska is its castle, built between 1443 and 1456 as a stronghold for the Livonian knights. The castle was destroyed in battle several times during the 16th and 17th century. The restoration work didn't start until 1976. The castle museum now displays various objects found when archaeological excavations were made during the restoration, as well as a small collection of 16th and 17th-century art. Ancient music festivals are hosted in the castle.
Open: May - September 9.00 - 19.00
October 9.00 - 18.00
In 2001 the reconctruction of the manor house was completed and now the whole is open to visitors, including the restored magnificent representation premises and the cabinets, conference premises and hotel.
The 19th centyry landscape park is a place for romantic strolls.
An island of romantic classicism on the banks of the Lielupe River...
The Russian tsarina Catherine II gave away the Mezotne manor to the governess of her grandchildren Charlotte von Lieven.The manor house was built in the period between 1797 and 1802 after the design of the architect G.Quarenghi.
The Rundale Palace was built as the summer residence of the Duke of Courland Ernst Johann Biron. The Russian court arhitect F.B.Rastrelli who designed the project supervised the construction work in the period between 1736 and 1740.
In 2001, the restoration of the palace facade was completed and the park designed simultaneously with the palace by F.B.Rastrelli is gradually regaining its apperance of a Baroque French garden.
The ruins of the Bauska castle impart to the visitor a romantic mood.The ruins are situated amid a picturesque landscape, it is the place where two rivers Memele and Musa flow together forming the river Lielupe.
In the middle of 15th c. the Livonian Order built in this place a castle,in 1596 the fore part of the fortress was rebuilt for the needs of the seat of the Dukes of Kurland.
Presently in the dukes' residence part restoration work is under way, but the fortress ruins are open for visitors.
The Bauska castle ruins is an wonderful ambiance for music festivals, which take place here every July.
The most ancient building in Bauska. The Church built between 1591 and 1594. The visitors can view a collection of valuable articles of art - the burial plaques (16-19th cent.), the baroquenand rococo pews, the pulpit and the organ case. There is the oldest known coat of arms of Bauska carved on the end of the pew (around 1640).
On the first weekend of September you are welcome to Medieval day (the atmosphere of 15th - 17th century) complete with a craftsman's fair, games, magicians, theatre and concerts -
held in the Bauska Castle.
Every year on the third weekend of July the
International Ancient Music Festival
takes place in the Bauska Castle, Rundale Palace and Mezhotne Palace. You can enjoy ancient, Renaissance and Baroque music, songs, dances and performances.
Quiet interesting exhibition, even for a girl. :)
Director of the museum is very funny man and make sure u have a chat with him.
The Bauska Orthodox Church was built in 1881 to the design of the famous Latvian architect J.F.Baumanis.