Interesting Places to Visit in Lithuania: Lithuanian Castles

Published: 23rd July 2009
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Of the 3 Baltic States, Lithuania is the southernmost. Lithuania is well known for its wooden castles which were built during the Medieval Ages. During that time it was one of the largest countries in Europe. The state encompassed parts of present day Belarus, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, under a Grand Duchy.



Referring to the castles, they were built to reflect the preeminence of statue and of war in this region. Lithuanian carpenters specialized in wooden structures as opposed to brick castles. Though a few of the latter were also built, the level of sophistication the workers achieved building the wooden structures ensured their demand in neighboring states as well, evidence lying in the Belarusian word for Carpenter being almost a copy of the original Lithuanian word.



The primary residents of these castles were Lithuanian Dukes, people with many means. To protect themselves forts were built around these castles to repulse aggressive attacks by Germans. These attacks took a toll on the castles and many were destroyed or irreparably damaged or even abandoned over time. To this day a number of the forts still remain, numbering around 450. Not many records were kept about these wooden structures and the information that has survived is very sketchy at best as only a few have been archaeologically researched and even fewer restored.



Information about these wooden buildings is sketchy as only a few have been archaeologically researched and even fewer restored.



The brick castles, which were limited in number and built mostly by German workers, were concentrated around the capital city of Vilnius and Old as well as New Trakai. The Island Castle of Trakai was the strongest and most magnificent of all the Lithuanian castles, although the largest one was the castle at Medininkai. The Voruta castle has its importance in that the first and only crowned king of Lithuania, Mindaugas successfully defended himself during an internal war in 1251.



The castle at Old Trakai now has a Benedictine monastery standing over it, while the castle of Krevo has the distinction of being the place where Duke Kestutis and his son Vytautas were imprisoned. While the former died there, the latter went on to escape and rule successfully. The same castle played host to the signing of the Krevo Act which laid the foundation to the Polish - Lithuanian union, in 1385. A few of the other, more well-known castles were the ones at Vilnius, Birzai, Kaunas, Lida, Grodno, Punia, Palanga, Imbare, Moletai, Miadzel and Novogrudok, the last being the place where Mindaugas coronation took place; however this was subsequently disproved.



This was a wise decision on Lithuania's part. As a result there has been a lot of interaction with other countries in the Union and across the world. With new personal as well as business ties being built, sharing of gifts and flowers has also picked up. In this regard, all the major international online florists like Sendflowers.ru and Cityflora.com provide regular delivery services to the major cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, and Siauliai.

Do you need flowers delivered to Lithuania. As mentioned the process is very easy with the right internet sites like http://www.sendflowers.ru/.

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