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Durbe Manor

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Country  Latvia
Town or city  Tukums
Construction started  18th. century
Architectural style  Classicism
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Completed  Completely remodelled in 1820ies.
Similar  Snēpele Palace, Ilga Manor, Suntaži Manor, Vecmēmele Manor, Stende Manor

Durbe Manor (Latvian: Durbes pils, German: Herrenhaus Durben) is a Neoclassical manor house located in Tukums, in the historical region of Zemgale, in Latvia. One of the most interesting classical manor houses in Latvia. Today it houses part of the Tukums Museum collection.

Durbe as was first mentioned in written sources as Šlokenbeka manor in 1475. The core of the current building dates from 1671. In 1820, Count Christoph Johann von Medem commissioned Johann Gottfried Adam Berlitz to remodel the façade completely.

From 1789 to 1808, Ernst Karl Philip von Grothus used the property as a summerhouse. From 1818 to 1838 the estate belonged to Count 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.

In 1923 Durbe manor was presented to famous Latvian writer and playwright Rainis who owned it until his death in 1929. However Rainis used to live there only short periods and mostly used manor as vacation house for teachers and their families. Later manor was used as sanatorium for tubercular patients and hospital. Since 1991 Durbe manor is a part of Tukums city museum exhibition.

References

Durbe Manor Wikipedia


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