Conference Excursion

Saturday 5 July, 8.30

Meeting Point: In front of the Conference venue – the National Library of Latvia’s new building (Mukusalas iela 3, Riga).

First Part

Jelgava Palace, or Mitava Palace, is the largest Baroque palace in the Baltic states. Based on a design by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, it was built in the 18th century as a residence for the Dukes of Courland in their capital, Mitava (present day Jelgava) in Latvia.

Visit to the Royal Family Tombs

The tombs of Dukes date all the way back to 1582. Today, there are 21 sarcophagi made of metal, and nine wooden coffins containing the remains of 24 members of the Kettler dynasty and six representatives of the Biron dynasty, all whom died between 1569 and 1791.

Second Part

Rundale Palace is one of the two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland. The palace was built in two periods, from 1736 to 1740 and from 1764 to 1768. It is situated at Pilsrundale, 12 km west of Bauska.

Guided Tour and Visit to the Rose Garden

The Rundale Palace’s rose gardens are set in 9,000 square metres of territory, with over 20,000 roses in bloom. Rundale Palace has a magical atmosphere in July and August, as its beautiful rose gardens are also in full bloom.

The gardens feature many types of roses, which are arranged chronologically, thematically and decoratively throughout. The roses are arranged to tell the story of the roses grown at the palace’s gardens throughout different periods of history.

Third Part

Lunch at the White House – the Servants’ House at Rundale Palace.

Duration: Day excursion – approximately 9 hours (18.00 arrival back in Riga).