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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  • It's a really lovely place to visit. Biržai Castle is a Dutch-style fortress with bastions built by the Duke Radvila family and used to defend Lithuania's northern borders in the 17th-18th centuries. ...  more »
  • Birzai castle is renovated and it was made as a museum of Birzai country history. Castle has nice yard to walk around. Area is clean with a walk way to the river. In the castle basement is a restauran...  more »
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  • Birzai castle is renovated and it was made as a museum of Birzai country history. Castle has nice yard to walk around. Area is clean with a walk way to the river. In the castle basement is a restaurant with local beer. It’s a great place to visit!
  • Nice place to study local culture and history. Musical instruments that really work. But don't expect it to be huge. Mind the size of the city.
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