Punia Things to Do
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The white, two spired neo-batoque church was built in 1857 – 1863. It is a third Punia church counting from medieval times. The first one was built in the yeard of 1425 on the site, where chapel now stands, not so far from Punia mound. Second one was probably baroque in style and constructed in 1688 on the same chapel site.
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Most visitors come to Punia for a historical mound, to see nice surroundings of Nemunas and to remember historical story about the death of Duke Margiris and other castle defenders. There is a theory that Margiris castle stood in Punia.
Story tells that in 1336 wooden castle was surrounded by crusaders army. Defenders fought till the castle was almost taken. At the last hours, to avoid enslavement, they made a big fireplace at middle of castle and killed themselves. First to come into fire was Duke Margiris with family members. As there are no epic created in Lithuanian literature history, such story is one of there that lifts patriotic feelings up.
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Punia Off The Beaten Path
The location for some time was known as a watering-place, in the middle of 19th century it was a resort. The fire in the year of 1857 damaged most of resort ecquipments and resort status was moved to nearby Birstonas city. Despite of loss, place got a good position of making Lithuanian mead drink. It has beautiful baroque style church as well.
Stakliskes is about 22 kilometers away from Punia.
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Raiziai is the one of places, where Tartars live from medieval times, when Grand Duke Vytautas moved some families to Lithuanian Duchy (some – voluntary, some – like a war captives) to be the part of defenders of main Lithuanian castles. Tartars mostly always served as solders or were somehow in other way associated with war (preparing horses to army, making guns, so on).
Village is about a few kilometers from Punia taking road to Alytus and turning left.
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