Jelgava Palace, Jelgava

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Jelgava Palace or Mitava Palace is the largest Baroque-style palace in the Baltic states. It was built in the 18th century based on the design of Bartolomeo Rastrelli as a residence for the Dukes of Courland in their capital - Mitava, Latvia. The Dukes of Courland also had a summer palace by Rastrelli nearby called Rundāle Palace.HistoryConstruction of the palace started in 1738 on an island between the Lielupe river and its branches. The site had borne the residence of the former Courland dukes of the Kettler dynasty and, before that, a medieval castle belonging to the Livonian Order.Following Ernst Johann von Biron's fall from grace in 1740, all construction work was stopped, even though the roof of the palace had not yet been completed. Most of the building materials and interior elements were moved to St. Petersburg where Rastrelli used them in building of other palaces. Work resumed after Biron's return from exile in 1762. However due to financial difficulties duke moved into palace only in 1772 although interior decorations still was in progress in many rooms. Besides Rastrelli (who, with the death of his patroness, the Empress Elizabeth, lost business in Saint Petersburg), Danish architect Severin Jensen participated in the project, giving the palace a touch of classicism.
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  • I can't wait until the rennovation of the palace will be finished. Love the bright red. Along with the Rundale palace, one of the best palaces in Latvia.  more »
  • Certainly a very nice baroque palace - allegedly the largest in the Baltic States. Unfortunately not to visit and partly in the restoration. The Palace was built in the same style and the same architect, we the Rundale Palace to display. Better visit the Palace. Jelgava itself is worth any journey. By the glory of the former capital of Courland remained nothing.
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  • Nice place to see. It’s also free atmosphere to walk around. Palace got a museum as well as secret tomb, that you can see for extra payment. Palace is also now an university  more »
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  • 這裡以前是葉爾加瓦皇宮,本來是Dukes of Courland和Semigalla的居住地,現在改為拉脫維亞農業大學。但外觀仍保持著皇宮的樣貌。
  • Only the external appearance remained partially authentic
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