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    Sculptures of Iron Wolf and Moses

    by Raimix Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    Near the church there are some sculptures worth visiting. First of them is the Iron Wolf. From the legend of how Vilnius was founded we know that the Iron Wolf was like a symbol to show that on that top of the hill, where he roared a castle should be built (now it it is Gediminas castle).
    So, Iron Wolf is very significant symbol of Vilnius and all Lithuania.

    Another sculpture is more religious - Moses is shown with the Decalogue (10 God's orders how people should live).

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    Yard of parich in Kernave

    by Raimix Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    At first I thought it was forbidden for tourist - maybe it is a private house, but I saw that it is a parish of Kernave.
    Yard of parish is really interesting. Things I saw:

    a statue of Grand Duke Vytautas,
    wooden statues of religious persons,
    a little pond.

    A worker of museum said if the church will be closed, you can say to open it to parish workers, but I hadn't found them.

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    Two chapels near church

    by Raimix Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    There are two chapels near church. One is about 50 metres from church, another a little bit closer.

    A wooden chapel (it surprised me) is build in 1820 -1822 and without any nail.
    Another one is from bricks, style of classicism, octagonal. There is a mausoleum of Remer - Puzin family and was constructed in 1856.

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    Church of Kernave

    by Raimix Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    A red church was built in 1910 - 1920. There are a lot of famous Lithuanian paintings. Church is rounded by red brick wall, walking around you can see some frescos in it.
    Unhappily, we hadn't been in inside of this church - it was closed and there was no people at parish.

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    Four mounts of Kernave

    by Raimix Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    These four historical mounts are near the river of Neris.

    First, the biggest mount was called Pilies kalno piliakalnis (Mount of Castle's hill) because of the castle in medieval ages had been there. Crusaders and Livonia soldiers destroyed it and castle was never rebuild. By tradition, some holidays are celebrated mainly on this mount: St. Johns day, Days of Vital Archaeology, feast day and so on.

    One more mount is called Hill of Altar (Aukuro kalno piliakalnis). It is the smallest mount and really simetric comparing with others.

    Mount "Throne of Mindaugas" is the most tallest of all. One of the greatest view of surrounding greets us.

    Another one and the last is mount of Lizdeika's hill. this mount seems like a big seat. It is like from two parts - big and small one.

    All these mounts is a great history of Lithuania and I feel sentiments of this place.
    There was some plans, pictures of medieval Kernave and my picture is one of them.

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    State Cultural Reserve of Kernave

    by ginte Updated Nov 23, 2005

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    Kernave - honored as being the first capital of Lithuania, was first mentioned in 1279. All that remains of the proud history of this beatific spot found on the right bank of the Neris River. Archeologists have examined the castle hills in Kernave and have determined that a strong feudal castle developed here in the 12th - 13th centuries. In this village are some hills. One of them - Mindaugo Sostas ("Mindaugas' Throne") - used to be called Castle Hill. To the south of Mindaugo Sostas is Aukuro Hill, on which the castle is believed to have stood. The hills are covered wiht legends. Since the beginning of XVI century, the town developed at the top terrace of the Neris River. It boasted an armoury for forging weapons.

    In 1986, archeologists found the remnants of an ancient city in the Pajauta Valley between the castle hills and the Neris. That city - Lower Kernave - is believed to have been the first capital of Lithuania. According to archeologists, the first inhabitants settled in the Pajauta Valley in 8000 B.C. Lower Kernave prospered in the times of peace. However, when the attacks of the Crusaders began, the inhabitants had to leave Lower Kernave and move to the fortified holls.

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    Wolf

    by ginte Updated Nov 16, 2005

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    On your way to the moulds you'll see a wonderful church of Kernave and wolf's monument on the right side. Most likely it's related to Vilnius foundation myth, as Kernave was the oldest capital of Lithuania.

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    Small wooden house

    by ginte Updated Nov 16, 2005

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    On the main hill from where the wonderful panorama of moulds and landscape opens, you'll see a wooden house. I don't know what's inside, but it's from the ancient Lithuanian heritage. It's quite unusual and original and you won't see so many of them in Lithuania.

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    Holy Virgin Mary Church

    by ginte Updated Nov 16, 2005

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    A small town of Kernave has not only the beautiful nature, but also a nice church. The Church of the Holy Virgin Mary was erected in Kernave in 1910 - 1920. In 1987, the churchyard was decorated with stone mosaic.

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    A place of first church of Kernave

    by Raimix Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    First church in Kernave was built by grand duke Vytautas in 1420. A signs of old substructure of church was made in 1930 commemorating Vytautas death 500 years anniversary.

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