Courland Duke’s Tombs

 

The family vault of the Dukes of Courland in Jelgava Palace is the largest burial of this kind in Latvia and it is one of the few burials of governors‘ dynasties in the world which is open to the public. The burial consists of 21 metal sarcophagi and 9 wooden coffins with 24 members of the Kettler dynasty and 6 members of the Biron dynasty buried between 1569 and 1791. Through centuries the vault was brutally demolished and plundered; now it has recovered its original significance and appearance of the monument of history and art.

In 1990 a permanent exhibition of the Rundāle Palace Museum was established in the vault. It is open to the public from May 1 to October 31.

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