Red brick old post office is an example of Tsarist architecture that was alive in Lithuanian land at second half of 19th century and beginning of 20th. Actually such post offices were quite similar in whole Lithuania, the same could be told about Tsarist time’s railway station buildings.more
You have to walk further and cross the wooden bridge through artificial Sirvena lake to reach Tiskeviciai manor (or, differently, Astravo manor). Manor was constructed in 1842 – 1862 by a project of Jonas Ticeskis. It is one of the best survived romantic style manors in Lithuania.Nowadays palace houses an administration of yarn factory, it is...more
Astravas manor (or Tiskeviciai) manor is located in other part of Sirvena lake, so you need to cross long wooden bridge to get there. Actually without bridge to reach manor would take much more time quite big round.Bridge was built in 1987. The length is 525 meters; it is the longest such type bridge in Lithuania. It seems like locals love to use...more
Evangelist Reformer church in Birzai was built in 1874. Historically this place was influenced by Reformation quite much, as owner of Birzai land were Radziwili, Reformers themselves.Historical facts show that different religions were always tolerated in Lithuania, so that’s why Birzai for long time was Reformers area and had their own house for...more
Construction of a castle in Birzai started in 1586 by initiative of noble family Radziwili (Radvilos). It was the main post for defending land against Swedish in 17th century. In 1625 castle was bombed, only in 1669 finally rebuilt in a style renaissance, by type it looked like Dutch bastion.Castle is famous as here was signed a Poland – Lithuania...more
Castle bridge is a nice example of bastion castle type bridges. Actually this one was reconstructed in around 1988 – 1990 and nowadays serves as the main convenient entrance point to Birzai castle.In older times bridge went through artificial water channel, nowadays only trenches left.more
Monument for independence was built here in 1931, projected by sculptor R. Antinis. After Soviet Union occupation, in 1946, it was demolished, but recovered in 1990 again.Monument shows a woman. Simply it means waiting mother, sister, wife, friend of soldier, who never came back home after battle for independence. Such type of monuments is quite...more
Controversially, cemetery of Soviet army soldiers and monument for them is located just nearby monument for defenders of Lithuania’ independence and Catholic church.Any guide talks about this monument, but it is for Soviet soldiers, fallen in Second World War. Monument seems like recently renovated.more
Monument for famous Lithuanian poet Julius Janonis stands in the same name square. Actually square in older times was a place for town hall, but later badly damaged, never rebuilt.Julius Janonis (1896 – 1917) born in Birzai region, lived only 21 year, as on First World War lost life in unfortunate accident. Monument was built in 1976 to commemorate...more
Birzai was reached by stopping in Rokiskis, so a small wing was made just to see smaller towns (Vilnius – Anyksciai – Rokiskis – Birzai). Anyway, it is possible to reach Birzai driving through Panevezys and Pasvalys as we made coming back home.
It is no problem to leave car in town’s centre, as there are lot of free parking places (nearby J. Janonis square, near bridge of Birzai castle).
Cow’s cave is a tourism accessible example of cave, formed of soil erosion in Birzai and Pasvalys regions in Lithuania. Tourism information tells that there is inner lake formed below cave. The lower layer of gypsum melts after special condition of weather (lot of rain, inner water sources, so on) and soil simply comes down. Actually sometimes such...more
Pabirze is known from massive gothic church nearby road Birzai – Pasvalys. Pabirze neo – Gothic Holy Trinity church was constructed at a very beginning of 19th century. We haven’t planned to see it, but when driving to Pasvalys side we saw long spires of church and decided to stop at small Pabirze town.Nearby church you could see at independent...more
Rokiskis is known from the very end of 15th century. The name of town comes from name Rokas, who was a hunter, stayed at a nice place near Laukupis river for a longer time. Passerbies were migrating here as well time by time, so place finally it was decided to name the place in behalf of Rokas.Place was not so known until landowners Tyzenhaus moved...more
Birzai is also known about its location near artificial Sirvenos lake. Actually Sirvena lake appeared after stemming Apascia and Agluona rivers (year of 1575). It was made for a purpose of better defense of Birzai castle.This artificial lake is the oldest one in Lithuania and this part of Europe.more
One of things why Birzai is known in Lithuania is a beer. Actually beer brewing traditions here starts from 1686. It is funny thing, that after Swedish invasion in 1704 first thing to rebuilt in Birzai was not town hall, but brewery. Nowadays such breweries as “Birzu alus”, “Rinkuskiai”, “Ponoras” are located here. Actually Birzai beer specifically...more