Durbe Manor

Tukums, Latvia

Durbe as was first mentioned in written sources as Šlokenbeka manor in 1475. Built in 1671, the manor was reconstructed in classical form between 1820 and 1823 according to the project of architect Johann Gottfried Adam Berlitz who rebuilt the façade with a wedding-cake portico and Ionic columns in the 1820s. From 1789 to 1808, Ernst Karl Philip von Groth used the property as a summerhouse. From 1818 to 1838 the estate belonged to Count J. von Medem, while it later belonged to the Count of Jaunpils von der Recke. The family of Baron von der Recke owned the manor from the 1848 to 1920, when the agrarian reform began. Today it houses part of the Tukums Museum collection.



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Founded: 1820-1823
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Latvia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Latvia)


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Janis Veide (4 months ago)
Great old place. Staff was very nice. Expositions varied and interesting(but check online for up to date info). One star off for WC being unavailable at time of visit?
Zane Allenforta (6 months ago)
Didn't expect much of it and we were nicely surprised, very welcoming staff, interesting exhibition, easy parking. We really enjoyed it as a random stop to kill some time :)
Matthias Bolliger (7 months ago)
Beautiful and interesting castle, museum and forest/park.
Igor Zhovnir (7 months ago)
Inside you'll find a great museum even if you don't expect so just by looking at the exterior. Friendly staff of two ladies, one of them has even shown us around a bit. 2.5 eur per person which is cheaper than any other museum.
Maija Skripste (19 months ago)
A beautiful museum. We even kind of got a free tour around the 1st floor, probably because we were almost the only ones there on a rainy day. Since we're lazy readers, some exhibitions on the second floor seemingly lacked some context. Nevertheless, it was interesting enough!
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