Stakliskes Things to Do
The mead in Lithuania is known from medieval or older times. The founder of mead factory in Stakliskes was A. Sinkevicius, he got restored old recipies of mead and patented it in Great Britain. The mead is produced in old factory building; it was former brewery in 19th century.
There is a Lietuvos midus shop nearby factory; here it is possible to degustate mead drinks - from natural one to high spirited.
First church in Stakliskes is known from second half of 16th century. Later it got burned in the wars with Russia in 1655. New church was built in 1770 – 1776 in late Baroque style. The church played significant role in end of 19th – beginning of 20th century, when rising national consciousness and lowering level of alcoholism with help of formed department of Lithuanian Catholic Temperance Movement.
Two church spires beautifully look from the road Trakai – Prienai. To visit place, you have to turn from main road for about 2 kilometers.
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Punia is among 14 Lithuania’s locations, which are known as earliest cities of Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was firstly mentioned in 1382 as a location with a castle. Punia is mostly known for its historical mound, there by theories was a famous wooden castle of Duke Margiris (or Margis).
Punia is about 22 kilometers away from Stakliskes.
For further information watch my Punia VirtualTourist page.
Pit of evil is a naturally formed pit in the forest near Aukstadvaris, about 3-4 kilometres from it. The pit, is believed, was formed in the period of ice-age, when one big ice peace got stranded here and melted. Another version is associated with meteorite crater, but this one is less believed.
There are some legends about appearance of the pit. One of them (most interesting for me) tells that there was a church located, there priest had sin-relations with married women. The place was boomed from the sky and church with its sinners sinked, making a pit. Story tells that local people still hear the voices of sinken church’s bells.
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