10 Interesting Facts About Kretinga

Facts About Kretinga

Facts About Kretinga

  1. Kretinga is the 6th largest town in the ethnographic region of Samogitia and the 17th largest town in Lithuania.
  2. Kretinga is a town in Klaipėda County, Lithuania and is the capital of the Kretinga district municipality.
  3. Kretinga is one of the oldest known towns in Lithuania. It was first mentioned in 1253 as the castle of Cretyn under the charter of Bishop Heinrich of Courland.
  4. Kretinga is twinned with: Blankenfelde-Mahlow, Germany; Bornholm, Denmark; Gribskov, Denmark; Gvardeysk, Russia; Haapsalu, Estonia; Lębork, Poland; Märkisch-Oderland, Germany; Osby, Sweden; Polessky District, Russia & Viljandi, Estonia.
  5. Notable people of Kretinga: Simonas Daukantas, Berek Joselewicz, Hans Lipschis, Jurgis Pabrėža, Vladas Petronaitis, Linas Pilibaitis & Aaron of Pinsk.
  6. In 1882 the first telephone line in Lithuania connected Kretinga with Plungė and Rietavas.
  7. Kretinga Jurgis Pabrėža gymnasium was founded in 1980.
  8. 23th of Jan 1609 Kretinga was granted Magdeburg rights.
  9. The Population of Kretinga is 21,421.
  10. Kretinga is situated on the main Klaipėda-Šiauliai-Vilnius railway line and the A11 highway Palanga-Šiauliai.

 

Facts About Kretinga
Facts About Kretinga

8 Interesting Facts About Plungė

Facts About Plungė

Facts About Plungė

  1. On January 13, 1792, Plungė was granted Magdeburg rights.
  2. Origin of the name Plungė is not clear enough. The most persuasive theory is that the name of the city is issued from the name of river Paplunga which flowed through the city.
  3. Plungė is twinned with:Bjerkreim, Norway; Boxholm, Sweden; Bruntál, Czech Republic; Golub-Dobrzyń, Poland; Krasnogorsk, Russia; Kvareli, Georgia; Menden, Germany; Tukums, Latvia & Viljandi, Estonia.
  4. The coat of arms of Plungė was affirmed by the decree of the President on June 6, 1997
  5. In 2009 Plungė was elected Lithuanian Capital of Culture.
  6. Plungė is the sixteenth largest city of Lithuania.
  7. The Population of Plungė is 18,904.
  8. Before World War II, Plungė had a large Jewish population.
Facts About Plungė
Facts About Plungė

7 Amazing Panemunės pilis Facts

Panemunės pilis Facts

Panemunės pilis Facts

  • Panemunė Castle is a castle on the right bank of the Nemunas River, in Vytėnai, Jurbarkas district, Lithuania.
  • The initial hill fort of the Teutonic Knights, erected in 1343 was replaced by a castle built in 1604-1610 by a noble Hungarian descent Janusz Eperjesz.
  • The name “Panemunė“,  arose from the former Panemunė Manor that was once here.
  • Panemunė Castle was not designed to be a stronghold for the defence of the land but a typical, for the beginning of the 17th century, nobleman castle with defensive fittings, residential buildings, and farm buildings.
  • Panemunė Castle became one of the most beautiful Renaissance-era building in Lithuania.
  • The castle was reconstructed around 1759 by Giełgud family.
  • In 2009, a reconstruction of the castle began and was laid out in three phases, which phase can last around three years to complete, the project involved the restoration of one of the castle building to be restored, two defensive towers and replace the roof coverings and windows, The project is funded by the EU Structural Funds.
Panemunės pilis Facts
Panemunės pilis Facts

8 Interesting Facts About Gates of Dawn

Facts About Gates of Dawn

Facts About Gates of Dawn

  1. The landmark is mentioned in a poem of Maksim Bahdanovich Pahonia (1913) and its emblem Pahonia, as well as in Pan Tadeusz.
  2. In the 16th-century city gates often contained religious artefacts intended to guard the city from attacks and to bless travellers.
  3. On 4 September 1993 Pope John Paul II said Rosary at the Gate of Dawn Chapel.
  4. Gates of Dawn were built between 1503 and 1522 as a part of defensive fortifications for the city of Vilnius.
  5. The Gate of Dawn is a city gate in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and one of its most important religious, historical and cultural monuments.
  6. In the 17th century, a separate wooden chapel was erected near the Gates of Dawn and a magical image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was placed there.
  7. Of ten city gates, only the Gate of Dawn remains, while the others were destroyed by the order of the government at the end of the 18th century.
  8. The Gates of Dawn was first mentioned in 1514 and have since become one of the symbols of Vilnius.
Facts About Gates of Dawn
Facts About Gates of Dawn

8 Interesting Bernardine Park Facts

Bernardine Park Facts

Bernardine Park Facts

  1. Until the 14th century, in the territory of Bernardine garden there was a Lithuanian pagan saint oaks wood.
  2. In 1864 the Russian tsar government closed the Bernardine garden, but about twenty years later the townspeople recovered this garden. It was reconstructed according to A. V. Strauss and Jakub Jasiński project.
  3. In 2013, the Bernardine garden was reconstructed for the third time. Reconstruction works were done by „Vilnius city parks“ and partly funded by the European Union.
  4. The Bernardine Garden is a public park in the city of Vilnius, Lithuania.
  5. Bernardine Park is located on the right bank of the Vilnia River between the Gediminas Tower and Bernardine Monastery
  6. Bernardine Park covers over 9 hectares.
  7. Vilnius’ oldest oak tree, which is reportedly over 300 years old, can be found in the Bernardine Park.
  8. Rare trees such as ginkgo tree, yellow dogwood, Canadian fir & black pine can be found in the park.
Bernardine Park Facts
Bernardine Park Facts

 

8 Interesting Facts About Medininkai Castle

Facts About Medininkai Castle

Facts About Medininkai Castle

  1. Medininkai Castle is a medieval castle in Vilnius district, Lithuania, was built in the first half of the 14th century.
  2. The defensive perimeter of the castle was 6.5 hectares; it is the largest enclosure type castle in Lithuania.
  3. The rectangular castle’s yard covered approximately 1.8 hectares and was protected by walls 15 metres high and 2 metres thick. The castle had 4 gates and towers.
  4. After the castle’s restoration, its museum currently exhibits a large collection of items made from silver by artisans of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and collection of hunting trophies and hunting knives of President Algirdas Brazauskas.
  5. In the beginning of the 16th century, the wooden buildings in the courtyard of the Castle suffered from fire, later the abandoned castle suffered from wars in 1655 and 1812.
  6. The castle was for the first time mentioned as a military object in 1402.
  7. A permanent exhibition of Trakai History Museum opened in the keep of Medininkai Castle in 2012 and various festivals and events take place in the courtyard of the ancient castle since then.
  8. During the Second World War Germans set their gun arsenal in one of the towers of Medininkai castle. The tower was burst when Germans retreated.
Facts About Medininkai Castle
Interesting Facts About Medininkai Castle

10 Interesting Facts About Telšiai

Facts About Telšiai

Facts About Telšiai

  1. Telšiai is one of the oldest cities in Lithuania, probably dating earlier than the 14th century.
  2. Telšiai became a district capital and between 1795 and 1802 it was included in the Vilnius Governorate. In 1873, Telšiai was transferred to the Kovno Governorate.
  3. The name of Telšiai has been recorded in different forms and different languages throughout its history. Most of them are derived from Telšē in Samogitian dialect.
  4. On 22 January 2013, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania officially announced that Telšiai will be named the Lithuanian Capital of Culture in 2016.
  5. The city was named after a small rivulet, the Telšė, which flows into Lake Mastis. A legend has it that a knight named Džiugas founded the city.
  6. Telšiai was first mentioned in written sources around 1450, but the oldest archaeological findings in the area of the city are from the Stone Age.
  7. Telšiai is one of three Lithuanian cities where a Roman Catholic Priest Seminary operates.
  8. Telšiai is twinned with Sävsjö, Sweden; Liezen, Austria; Petrozavodsk, Russia; Krnov, Czech Republic; Kreis Steinfurt, Germany; Mińsk Mazowiecki, Poland; Lebedin, Ukraine; Orsha, Belarus; Bassum, Germany; Chernyakhovsk, Russia; Saint-Égrève, France; Obdach, Austria & Mestia, Georgia.
  9. The Population of Telšiai is 21,287.
  10. Present-day architectural monuments include Telšiai Cathedral and the Church of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, Telšiai.
Facts About Telšiai
Facts About Telšiai

7 Interesting Facts About Ukmergė

Facts About Ukmergė

Facts About Ukmergė

  1. The city took its original name Vilkmergė from the Vilkmergėlė River, which was initially called Vilkmergė and assumed a diminutive form after the growth of the settlement.
  2. Ukmergė was first mentioned in 1225, and named as a settlement in 1333.
  3. Ukmergė is twinned with Ashmyany, Belarus; Bad Langensalza, Germany; Cologno al Serio, Italy; Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine; Kiskunmajsa, Hungary; Herrljunga, Sweden; Līvāni, Latvia; Mariestad, Sweden; Pionersky, Russia; Põlva, Estonia; Svislach, BelarusTarnowo Podgórne, Poland; Tsalenjikha, Georgia; Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis, Germany; Västra Götaland County, Sweden; Wetteraukreis, Germany; Worcester, England, United Kingdom & Zhodzina, Belarus.
  4. The Population of is Ukmergė 20,154, as of 2020.
  5. The original name has been adopted by the local soccer team, “Vilkmergė Ukmergė” as well as popular HBH Vilkmergė beer.
  6. Ukmergė is a city in Vilnius County, Lithuania, located 48 miles northwest of Vilnius.
  7. In 1918, after Lithuania declared its independence, the city’s name was changed from Vilkmergė to Ukmergė.
Facts About Ukmergė
Facts About Ukmergė

8 Interesting Facts About Visaginas

Facts About Visaginas

Facts About Visaginas

  1. Visaginas is the centre of Lithuania’s youngest municipality, located on the north-eastern edge of the country.
  2. The surroundings of Visaginas were inhabited by the Selonians. Historical annals first mention the location in 1526.
  3. The settlement was founded in 1975 as Sniečkus, a town for workers at the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant on the shores of Lake Visaginas. It was established in place of four villages that were demolished, the largest of which was known as Visaginas.
  4. Visaginas is twinned with:Braslaw, Belarus; Dagda, Latvia; Lidzbark Warmiński, Poland; Obninsk, Russia; Preobrazhenskoye District, Russia; Slavutych, Ukraine; Slonim, Belarus; Smarhoń, Belarus & Zambrów, Poland.
  5. The Population of Visaginas is 18,024, as of 2020.
  6. Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant which once employed half of the population of Visaginas was closed down as requested by the European Union.
  7. Visaginas has 14 streets.
  8. Originally the aerial view of Visaginas was designed to resemble a butterfly. However, after work on the nuclear power plant was cancelled, so was further construction of the town. Currently Visaginas consists of three residential regions that locals refer to as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Microdistricts.
Facts About Visaginas
Facts About Visaginas

10 Interesting Facts About Tauragė

Facts About Tauragė

Facts About Tauragė

  1. The Population of Tauragė is 21,520 as of 2020.
  2. Tauragė received its city charter only in 1924 and its coat of arms in 1997.
  3. Tauragė is situated on the Jūra River, close to the border with the Kaliningrad Oblast, and not far from the Baltic Sea coast.
  4. Tauragė was first mentioned in 1507.
  5. Tauragė is known for having one main football club FK Tauras Tauragė which was founded in 1922.
  6. Tauragė is twinned with: Bełchatów, Poland; Bytów, Poland; Karlovac, Croatia; Ostróda, Poland; Považská Bystrica, Slovakia; Riedstadt, Germany; Sovetsk, Russia; Ternopil, Ukraine & Zestaponi, Georgia.
  7. Tauragė is an industrial city in Lithuania, and the capital of Tauragė County.
  8. Tsar Alexander I of Russia signed an armistice with Napoleon I in Tauragė on June 21, 1807, that was soon to be followed with the Treaties of Tilsit.
  9. In Lithuanian, Tauragė is a conjunction of two words: Tauras which means “aurochs”, and ragas which means “horn”, hence the city’s coat of arms.
  10. Notable people who came from Tauragė: Ernestas Šetkus, Jurgis Baltrušaitis, Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky, Tauras Jogėla, Svajūnas Adomaitis, Edgaras Venckaitis, Rokas Giedraitis, Remigijus Šimašius & Solomon Levitan.
Facts About Tauragė
Facts About Tauragė