Story on which is based movie "The Leopard" (Il Gattopardo) was written there by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Is it the family's castle of the writer's wife?
Yes, one of ~99 of von Wolf family.
Only 99? It's an understatement for 100, i suppose! :)
Seems ridiculous, but only 99.
In Latvia family owned 36 properties, other in different European countries. According feodal legislation of that time, if you had 100 and more properties with castles/ palaces, you were obliged to start pay taxes and keep / supply army on own behalf. For this only 99.
von Wolff's appear in Latvia in 1698. Up to architecture, most beautiful is small but [Cesvaine manor]
But up to Italians in Latvia- there were many who made footprints there. Starting from such guys as Casanova, Cagliostro and ending with famous architectors as Rastrelli
who conducted building of several palaces in Latvia (Rundale, Jalgava etc.), Riga (capital city) governor Paulucci and many others. In 18th- 19th centuries when Russia tried to conquere Latvia, several Russian Imperatrices came from Latvia (starting from Peter's The Great wife- Catherine, later- Anna etc.). in mid19th century 88% from highest ranked Russian army officers (colonels and above) were Baltic- Germans by origin, two from 4 largest "russian" industrial cities were in Latvia for this money flew to Latvia from all Russia.
Mmm... these Italians are everywhere in everytime, mamma mia! ;)
Thank you very much for interesting informations! Please, may i profit by more? I should konw if in Rundale pils all materials are originals from Rastrelli age or some parts are re-builted after WWII. Bye
;-)Yes, they are everywhere, some also in Latvia. Even one Italian took part in Latvian group in Eurovision song festival
About Rundale- very big part is from Rastrelli age, but of course - enormous restoration work was done since 1972 under supervision of Dr. Imants Lancmanis
(Due Rundale was not situated within stategic cities, but stands in "empty field", in WWII Rundale was not damaged as it was with other Rastrelli palace in Jelgava (Mitau) or with palaces in St. Petersburg).
More about Rundale palace and other Italians (;-)), who worked with palace interiors from 1765...
Hi ainars, Roberto Meloni (pretty song) is not alone: another italian boy joins regularly japanese TV!
I have found a very charmig shot of Rundale pils and in the Panoramio Maps they are five photos of Jelgava Palace :)
Finally, Karosta photobook tells the living town as well as a book, by using a few photos: an excellent job! This photobook contains also a wiew of a fine manor, disfigurated by an horrible porch; Limbazi's Manor have terrific windows. Who can order such works?
Hi ainars. Another excellent photo-collection, by samous) stay in Panoramio: we found both Rastrelli castles in Latvia and Vecriga. Whole collection is really interesting. Bye. Vincenzo
some orthografic conflict with ) obstruct normal linkage to samous. Please retourn to photos of samous, then choice latvia in tags list ;)
Hi, thnks for interesting collections!
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