Jieznas – small town with beautiful baroque church
Jieznas first time was mentioned in 1492. Here was a palace of famous Pacai family (nowadays just some buildings, not looking as palace left).
Jieznas is most known for its beautiful baroque church, construction of it was funded by Pacai. Churcf of St. Archangel Michael and John was built in 1670. Interior is beautifully decorated, here is one famous painting of N. Silvanavicius - "Michael Arcangel".
Jieznas is about 15 kilometers away from Birstonas.
Prienai – former rival of Birstonas
Prienai got more significance than Birstonas in 17th century. Place got Magdeburg right in 1609. In 1785 the paper factory was established, it was one of the biggest in Lithuania.
Town is interesting for its big wooden church, monument for Great Duke Kestutis, Freedom square, former buildings of water mill and paper factory. All significant historical sights are in the left side of Nemunas.
Prienai is about 7 kilometers away from Birstonas.
Nemajunai – great wooden church
Village of Nemajunai is known from 14th century. Most people here belonged to forest-workers. In 19th century place is already mentioned as contraband place – Nemunas river was a border with Prussia.
Nemajunai is known for great looking wooden churchof Sts Peter and Paul, constructed in 1877, in neo gothic style. Especially nice are two towers of church. It was pity as site was under reconstruction at visiting time.
Nemajunai is about 8 kilometers away from Birstonas.
Church of St Apostles Peter and Paul at Nemajunai
This unique wooden neo-Gothic church was built in 1878 and is a real fairytale gem with some wonderful intricate details and four highly original towers, all made in wood. The church was locked so we couldn't go inside. Pity as, among other things, it boasts a valuable painting 'Saint Apostles Peter and Paul' (1883) by the academician Nikodemas Silvanavicius in the main altar. Another interesting object there is a unique 19th century work of folk art - a carpet strung together from 64 ribbons of brides.
There is a carved wooden cross in the shady churchyard and a few interesting graves in the graveyard at the back.
Finding Nemajunai had not been easy as the information in our guidebook was too vague and it was not on our map either. We found it quite by chance only on our next trip in Lithuania. To get to it, take road 105 from Birstonas to Vilnius. After just a couple of kilometres, on your right, you will see a signpost for Nemajunai. Don't miss it! From there it is only a short drive to the church.
Nearby, you can visit the Mound of Nemajunai, a.k.a. the Mound of Pilale, believed to be the site of a graveyard dating back to 1000 A.D.
- Arts and Culture
Sacral art museum in Birstonas
That's a nice place to visit for those who are interested about sacral arts and religion. The Museum is established near the Church of Saint Anthony from Padova, in the wooden building with valuable features of ethnographic architecture. The building was recently well repaired and tailored to the Museum’s needs. I just passed the Museum building but it looked lovely from the outside.. Don't know anything about interior though...
The visitors are welcomed on Wednesdays - Sundays from 10. 00 to 17. 00.
Monday, Tuesday - visits by arrangement.
- Religious Travel
- National/State Park
- Spa and Resort