The monument of Duke of Grand Duchy of Lithuania Algirdas located nearby steep mound. Actually this mound sometimes called “Algirdo mound”, as here duke had a castle, lived his last days and, as chronicler Jan Dlugosz states, was buried here.
Duke Algirdas ruled country both with his brother Kestutis. Algirdas was oriented in intervention to east (nowadays Ukraine, Russia). There were a few campaigns his army almost took Moscow Kremlin. Brother Kestutis was responsible to stop intervention of crusaders at west side.
The history of palace existence is back to 14th century, when here was a manor of Lithuanian dukes. Later manor was owned by such famous families as Sapiegos, Tyzenhauzai, Masalskiai. In 1806 – 1812 the last owners of manor was Hauvalds, at that time nowadays palace of Maisiagala was built, designed by famous Vilnius architect Mykolas Sulcas.
Nowadays palace is used as a school, named in honour of Duke Algirdas. The palace looks not so good in condition, but I hope things could change soon.
At first look it is hard to find it; it looks hidden, not so high. The mound is just a bit away from Maisiagala palace (Duke Algirdas school), near lake.
The mound was actively used at 14th century, when there was a wooden castle. Later castle got burned by crusaders and never rebuilt. The location by some stories is known as a burial place of Duke Algirdas.
The panorama from the mound consists of part of Maisiagala town and lake with Maisiagala manor remains.
I have visited Maisiagala driving my car. It could be reached taking highway Vilnius - Panevezys (it is 23 kilometers to this location). Other way - driving from Vilnius Pilaite disrict - thats 32 kilometers away.
About ten years ago Suderve was famous just about its rotunda form church, designed by famous architect Stuoka – Gucevicius, who was an architect of Vilnius famous objects – Cathedral, Town Hall, Presidential palace.
Nowadays there is also modern Vilnoja stone park, located near Vilnoja lake, Suderve. The place is about 13 kilometers from Maisiagala.
Dukstos village is a home of nice St. Ann church that in 19th century, after constructing, was named as too pompous for a village. Around these is a cemetery, some graves are of famous Vilnius University lecturers.
About 1 – 2 kilometers from church, taking road to Kernave it is possible to visit Dukstos oak tree park with wooden pagan gods’ sculptures.
Dukstos is about 10 kilometers away from Maisiagala.