Church of St. Matthew
St. Matthew church is described as the most beautiful neo-gothic style church in Lithuania. Construction took place at one end of Nepriklausomybes square in 1868 – 1885. Architects of a church were Tyroleans Sacht and Vener.
St. Mathew church is nice from outside and inside. It houses a burial place of landowners Tyzenhaus, Psezdecki families. I personally think that most of beauty of church isn’t due to architecture decisions, but due to the centralized place it is located.
Monument for Rokiskis foundation
This monument is modern looking arch with symbols “1499” above. Actually it is a date of Rokiskis foundation. First time place was mentioned in the privilege about forest harvesting.
I believe arch symbolizes the change, appearance of something new, so the very end of 15th century was a time for creating new town.
Monument for Independence
Monument for 10 years of first Independence (1918 – 1928) was created in 1929 by sculptor Robertas Antinis. The woman is depicted taking her hands up; it is like a symbol of growing up of country, development. Actually intensive development was stopped in Second World War and Soviet occupation, in interwar economical situation was about the same as in interwar Finland. Nowadays the split in economy between these two countries is a big one.
It was the one of small amount monuments that were not destroyed during Soviet Union rule.
Manor of Tyzenhaus
Rokiskis manor was built in 1801 in classical style, but in 1905 it was rebuilt by project of K. Jankovski and P. Lilpopo, baroque style elements were added.
It is quite nicely survived manor in Lithuanian land, one of the most beautiful in Northern part. Manor nowadays houses a museum of Rokiskis land history as well as Lionginas Sepka wooden carvings exposition and some temporal art expositions. Especially I liked Sepka’s wooden carvings, made in detail.
If you look for cheese sampling and information how it is made, it could be ordered at museum. Entrance to museum is 6 Lt for adult (~1,7 euros).
Independence (Nepriklausomybes) square
Nepriklausomybes aikste (Independence square) was formed in end of 18th century and beginning of 19th. The place was projected in a manner of classicism. Nowadays it is the main attraction for locals and visitors, here St. Mathias church, two monuments and a number of older Rokiskis houses are located.
This place impressed me a lot; I had seen it in a few Lithuanian guides before.