Rundāle Palace joins European royal residence network

The Rundāle Palace Museum has joined the Association of the Royal Residences of Europe – an organization which brings together the most prominent palaces of Europe, including Versailles, Schönbrunn, and Sanssouci, the museum's representatives said July 20.

Participating in the organization will open up the possibilities for cooperation with Europe's most prominent and experienced palaces – museums, said the Rundāle representatives. The organization will promote cooperation in scientific work, the preservation and management of cultural heritage, and tourism.

"The accession of the Rundāle Palace Museum to the European network of royal residences proves that our cherished palace is equivalent to the most distinguished palaces in Europe, and this will certainly boost Latvia's visibility not only among professionals but also cultural tourists. It is primarily a professional benefit for the museum," noted Laura Lūse, director of the Rundāle Palace Museum.

The Association of the Royal Residences of Europe comprises 32 organizations from 14 countries, which together represent the residences of more than 100 residences. They cooperate among themselves in different formats: museum directors meet once a year in the General Assembly, while museum specialists have the opportunity to participate in technical meetings dedicated to each other's topics or challenges.

Rundāle Palace is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, but the Baroque French garden of the Palace attracted more international attention in 2021, when it was awarded the European Garden Award. 

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