St John’s Church Bell Tower at Vilinus

Travelling in the Baltic, one sees that many churches have separate bell towers.

Some of the towers are quite tall too.DSC_0383

The St John’s bell tower at Vilinus was built in the 16th century.

I am sure in those days, these were one of the tallest structure in the area.

This is beautiful architecture and engineering challenge at the time.

Rundale Palace in Latvia (7)

 

In fact, I was most impressed by what I have seen inside the palace – the paintings and the furniture.

It features how the royal family has lived.DSC_0229

Here are a couple of photos showing the rooms within the palace.DSC_0225

This is how the Palace is introduced in Wikipedia:

Rundāle Palace , formerly also Ruhenthal and Ruhendahl is one of the two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland  in what is now Latvia, the other being Jelgava Palace. The palace was built in two periods, from 1736 until 1740 and from 1764 until 1768. It is situated at Pilsrundāle, 12 km west of Bauska.

Rudale Palace in Latvia (6)

 

I was wondering whether these two pictures are more suited to this week’s DP Photo Challenge on the theme of Pure.

As I entered into the palace, some of the figures on the ceiling attracted my attention.DSC_0219A

They all show babies in their pure form.

I am not sure of the stories behind these figures, maybe, some of the readers can advise.

As a matter of fact, these pictures were quite difficult to be taken as the whole thing was in off white color.DSC_0218A

This is how the Palace is introduced in Wikipedia:

Rundāle Palace , formerly also Ruhenthal and Ruhendahl is one of the two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland  in what is now Latvia, the other being Jelgava Palace. The palace was built in two periods, from 1736 until 1740 and from 1764 until 1768. It is situated at Pilsrundāle, 12 km west of Bauska.