Birzai Castle, Birzai

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Biržai Castle is a castle in Biržai, Lithuania. Construction of the earth bastion-type castle started in 1586 by the order of Krzysztof Mikołaj "the Lightning" Radziwiłł. In 1575, preparing for this construction, a dam was built on the Agluona and Apaščia rivers at their confluence, and the artificial Lake Širvėna, covering about 40 km², was created. Major castle building works were finished in 1589.HistorySince the second half of the 17th century, the castle has been the main seat of the Biržai-Dubingiai Radziwiłł family line, which was transferred here from the Dubingiai Castle. Biržai Castle served as a major defensive structure during the wars with Sweden.The castle was reconstructed from ruins in the 1980s, in the Renaissance-Baroque style. The residential manor of the castle houses a library and a regional history museum "Sėla" (literally Selonia), founded in 1928.
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  • While visiting Birzai, we went for a walk around the castle and there was much more to do than we realised. The building and grounds were beautiful and provided lovely scenic views, and then they've c...  more »
  • A bit of history and nice views. The castle is surrounded by a large lake and large oak trees. 20-30min nice walk around.  more »
  • Absolutely lovely place, one of the must have places while in Lithuania. The district and places around are very attractive, peaceful and just lovely! Huge lake is just couple steps aside, so swiming and sunbathing guaranteed!
  • Beautiful castle to visit and walk around. The gates are amazing.
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