Jelgava Palace

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Jelgava Palace
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Elena B
Athens, Greece469 contributions
Beautiful sculptures
Jul 2019 • Couples
On the post island there is an exhibition of sand sculptures. Very interesting and of course very beautiful. This is world exhibition. Every year you can see totally different things. The sculptures are really amazing 😉.. enjoy 😊
Written 15 July 2019
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Similtiades
Riga, Latvia3,576 contributions
Underwhelming
Mar 2019 • Couples
I would have assumed that the local authorities in Jelgava would want to make the old palace more of an attraction worth visiting, with a museum and things to do there, but apparently not. We walked over to it, across the river from the centre of the town, and through the park, but there is not a lot to see inside.

From the exterior, it's a beautiful early-modern building, and impressive to look at. However, the inside is a university; aside from a few historical boards in one corridor that were entirely in Latvian, it just looked like any university building inside. Renovations have been done since it was almost entirely destroyed in the war also; so it doesn't even look particularly historic inside either. If there is a museum or anything to see inside, it wasn't signposted and there was no one on the reception desk to ask either. We stayed for about ten minutes then decided to go back to the town centre and do something else.
Written 21 April 2019
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Andrew K
London, United Kingdom119 contributions
Very good to see Palace very hugh
Oct 2018 • Couples
Nice to see the building but the building is currently restoration and decorations as well but hope when done, it will be nice
Written 7 October 2018
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Ilze H
Roskilde, Denmark138 contributions
University in castle.
Jul 2018 • Couples
It's an old castle, but a university now. Get some local (or the museum guide) to show you around also inside or even better - come in September when the university is open and it's full with students! In the dungeons there are exhibition of sarcophagus of the dukes that been ruling in the castle. Now under the renovation (of the outside), it's still magnificent and is 'the little sister' of Rundale Palace and Wither Palace in St. Petersbourg. It's the same architect and the saying is that those 3 can 'fit' into each others yard just like those russian dolls 'Matrjosjka' :)
Written 23 July 2018
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Māra B
Riga, Latvia430 contributions
Under reconstruction
Apr 2017 • Family
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.
Written 17 March 2018
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Vlad Si
Riga, Latvia90 contributions
Jelgavas visit card
Feb 2017 • Solo
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
Written 24 January 2018
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c_wicks234
Croydon, UK137 contributions
A bit of faded grandeur
Jun 2017 • Couples
We had visited this palace with the expectation of seeing something of the past glory of Latvia. It was us going a massive renovation programme and much of the outside was shrouded in scaffolding and sheeting. It will take some years for this. Restoration to be completed. In the meantime the ground are worth a stroll round. The biggest Hostas I've ever seen. Charming little lake very natural.
Written 3 July 2017
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia2,688 contributions
Rundown
Jun 2017 • Couples
This was once a grand building but now in need of a lot of TLC.
Not much to see and is the faculty of agriculture for the local university.
May be a good place to visit in 20 years time.
Written 29 June 2017
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Marcus D
Tartu, Estonia1,288 contributions
Photogenic riverside palace.
Jun 2017 • Solo
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS - YES to grounds and quadrangle. NO to interior.
Car parking €0 (but restricted) Entrance fee €0
Unlike the interiors of Rundale Palace that are filled with reproductions of period antiques and artwork, the quadrangle and the stark interiors of the Palace are well suited for flights of imagination.
Judging by the window count (circa 410) this was a 200-room palace.
Architecturally significant for Latvia as it is the largest Baroque palace in northern Europe, but not reckoned to be one of architect Rastrelli’s finest designs as the ensemble lacks a park.
Travellers must bear in mind that like Turaida Castle and Rundale Palace, this Palace is a rebuild of the original. The exterior and the interior of the main entrance hall is faithful to the original design. There are no period interior decorations.
The Palace is currently undergoing exterior renovation at the side.
Given the low cost of fuel in Riga - diesel in June 2017 was €0.98/litre - and the absence of entrance fees the 100km round trip to see the Palace is a low-cost family day out.

Home site of Latvia’s University of Agriculture.
Also seems to act as a wedding venue.
Written 23 June 2017
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David
London, UK51 contributions
Beautiful building, in need to restoration and conservation
Apr 2017 • Couples
Though the building was closed, which was a disappointment, we are fans of Rastrelli, the Italian Russian-born architect who designed numerous palaces in St Petersburg (most famously the Winter Palace in the city and Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo). Unlike Rastrelli's other palace for the Duke of Courland at their summer residence in Rundale, this, their main palace appears very neglected. Heavily damaged in World War II, it was only partly restored (the exterior) in the 1950s and 60s. A poorly matched newer wing needs to be rebuilt as it looks out of place. The courtyard and interior were not accessible, though presumably they are when the Faculty of Agriculture (which is based in the building) is in session. The architecture is Russian Baroque (really Rococo) and very unusual outside of Russia. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 21 April 2017
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