Water mill on small, but wildwater river Streva was built at the beginning of 20th century. It is interesting enough, that mill is private, and electricity that is mad eby mill is purschased by the state.
As locals told, the mill, after restauration, lost its unique view. Sometimes, after privatization, it is hard to control the way how historical builings will be reconstructed.
At interwar times Semeliskes was in Lithuania side, despite the loss of Vilnius region to Poland. Here, in Semeliskes, you could see typically for that period of time looking secondary school. As for now, ue to growing population, school is enlarged, could be, even few times. One time changes were made in Soviet period, the second one – after 1990, when Lithuania got independent again.
During Tzarism times, in Rusification period, 1895, Orthodox Church of St. Nikolaus the wonder-worker was built here. Probably at that time more Russians were living here, and of course, local Catholics were forced to pray here as well. Nowadays this temple is used just as part of Vievis Orthodox church and mostly is opened when someone dies.
This church looks quite photogenic, especially at sunny day ;)
Daytrip by car was taken partly using book of A. Semaska “Kelionės iš Vilniaus” (trips from Vilnius). At this trip several small towns were visited. The route was Vilnius – Vievis – Semeliskes – Aukstadvaris – Birstonas – Ziezmariai – Vilnius. It could be, of course, possible by bus too, but could take much more time. The length of route was about 220 kilometers.
Bus Vievis - Semeliskes - Aukstadvaris is possible as well.
Aukstadvaris is located on the road Vilnius – Prienai. Small town is spread on the upland, near the lake and pine tree forests. It is known that already in 11 – 12th centuries here was a wooden castle, in the 15th century the new palace was presented, and named Aukstadvaris (means “highly located palace or high palace”). The name of palace seems to be used for whole town. In 1569 Aukstadvaris got privilege of the town.
Nowadays it is it is silent town, with Aukstadvaris Regional Park around and some historical sites to see. It could be easily visited if you make trip, let’s say, from Vievis through Semeliskes. Place is 16 kilometers away from Semeliskes.
For further information watch my Aukstadvaris VirtualTourist page.
Vievis is a town, a crossroad of four capitals (three former, one- Vilnius). Vievis is not only industrial town at the autobahn of Vilnius – Kaunas, but also house nice Catholic and Orthodox churches, the Lithuanian geology museum, nice Vievis lake is located nearby.
Vievis is 20 kilometers away from Semeliskes, up and down interesting and both dangerous road of Aukstadvaris – Vievis.
For further information watch my Vievis VirtualTourist page.