Birzai - capital of Lithuanian beer
Birzai is known from 1415. It was one for the strongest defensive point in Northern Lithuanian, played significant role in wars against Livonia, Sweden. Nowadays it is a town, most famous for beer breweries.
Actually the main sights here include Dutch type bastion castle, two churches, Astravas manor.
Birzai is about 63 kilometers from Rokiskis.
For more information you could visit my Birzai page.
Svedasai - homeland of former Mariconi family
Place is just on the road from Vilnius to Rokiskis. It belonged to famous Radziwili family (Radvilos) in 16th century. In end of 19th Svedasai was possession of Italians Mariconi, they built a palace, that looked like knight castle (pity, not survived). Anyway, nowadays place is famous for nice Svedasai church with eight-edged bell tower and chapel - burial place of Mariconi family.
We met here a nice old woman, she took care of church yard, and unlocked church for us to see rich wooden interior.
Kamajai is about 38 kilometers from Rokiskis.
Kamajai - town with spooky church
Kamajai is a small town not so far from Rokiskis, we visited it on the way from Vilnius to Rokiskis. The place is nice for its recently reconstructed square with a statue for poet Antanas Strazdelis.
Place is also known due to spooky looking new gothic style church, constructed in 1903. It is said, that church towers were not fully constructed, so that why church is without spires.
Kamajai is about 20 kilometers from Rokiskis.