Kazdanga Palace

Kazdanga Palace is located in the village Kazdanga (Polish and German Katzdangen), Kazdanga parish, Aizpute municipality, Latvia. The first manor house was made out of wood and the new palace was built in 1800-1804 in the late classical style, designed according to the project by the German architect J. G. Berlitz. Kazdanga established the first Latvian fish pond, now in operation for a number of important agricultural schools.  

The palace was built in the years 1800-1804 in the style of late classicism, built by the project of Johann Gottfried Adam Berlitz. There is stone bridge, leading to the palace. On the other side of the river there are remnants of the manor buildings; house of the servants, stables, house of the steward and barns. The palace was burned down by local peasants during the Revolution of 1905. However, German baron von Manteuffel renovated it by the project of Paul Schultze-Naumburg in 1907. The renovation of the Kazdanga palace became an important event for the development of the Neo-Classicism style. It was designed by the well known German architect and Neo-Classicism Paul Schultze-Naumburg. In contrast to scenic, borrowed forms, the architect declared a return to the Homeland tradition and accuracy.

The reconstruction of the Kazdanga palace demonstrated a new approach by the architect to the original image of the building. It is noteworthy that the palace, designed in about 1800, was one of the most splendid monuments of Classicism architecture in Courland. Its restoration served as a starting point for reevaluating both patterns of pure Classicism and local building traditions. Even elements of scientific restoration could be observed in the course of reconstruction. The principle of historical verity was important in designing the interiors and replicas of the furniture that had been destroyed.

During the First World War the palace was again devastated. It was rebuilt between 1925 and 1927. In 1930 the Kazdanga Agricultural Trade School was housed in the palace. The school is still situated there. Near to the palace is a house of chevaliers. It has a well-preserved interior, like baroque-style stairs and ornamented parquet floor.

Kazdanga Castle and its complex belonged to the powerful Kurzeme barons Mantteuffel. The castle was built in 1800–1804 following Classicism style according to drawings of architect Johan Georg Berlitz. Kazdanga Castle and the manor is an acknowledged example of Classicism style in Kurzeme. Its design and planning bear resemblance to the Mežotne castle.

Jaunatnes gatve 1, Kazdanga, Aizputes novads
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Museum opening hours

01.05 - 31.10
 Monday  10:00 - 17:00
 Tuesday  10:00 - 17:00
 Wednesday  10:00 - 18:00
 Thursday  10:00 - 17:00
 Friday  10:00 - 17:00
 Saturday  10:00 - 17:00
 Sunday  closed


01.11 - 30.04
 Monday  10:00 - 16:00
 Tuesday  10:00 - 16:00
 Wednesday  10:00 - 16:00
 Thursday  10:00 - 16:00
 Friday  10:00 - 16:00
 Saturday  closed
 Sunday  closed

Stone bridge over Alokste River is guiding the way to the castle. On the other side of the river, several smaller buildings belong to the manor complex – servants’ house, stables, barn and a steward house. The nearby Cavaliers House shows off its well-preserved interior design, including the baroque staircase and ornamental parquet flooring. Manor complex includes the 196 ha Kazdanga Park, which is one of the largest and most dendrologically diverse parks in Latvia.

Today manor houses Tourism information centre and Kazdanga museum, where you can explorethe forest exhibition and learn about the family history of the Barons Manteuffels and their activities in Kazdanga, about Kazdanga Technical College and the rich variety of trees in the park.

There are special group offers for tourists to explore the secrets of nature and enjoy exciting adventures.

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