One of the architectural wonders of Latvia, Baroque Rundāle Palace (Rundāles Pils) is 77km south of Rīga. Its 138 rooms were built in two phases during the 1730s and 1760s and designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the architect responsible for the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. It was privately owned until 1920 when it fell into disrepair, but has largely been returned to its former glory through meticulous restoration. Each opulent room is decorated in a unique fashion and there are changing art exhibitions both inside the palace and in the vast landscaped gardens.
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