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The Kernavė archaeological site

In short

The Kernavė archaeological site is also known as the Lithuanian Troy or the Lithuanian Pompeii. The terrain was formed by the last ice age, which started 2.6 million years ago and ended, according to various estimates, 10,000-15,000 years ago.

The only five-mound complex in the Baltic region is located there. It offers spectacular views of the meandering Neris River, the river island and its banks. Kernavė is home the Museum of History and Archaeology, which has accumulated signs of the past from several decades of excavation.

There are five mounds at Kernavė: Aukuras Hill, Mindaugas Throne, Lizdeika Hill, Crew Hill and Kriveikiškis Mound.

Live Archaeology days are held there at the beginning of every July, where old craftspeople from Lithuania and surrounding countries show their skills and sell their products. These include shoemakers, potters, glassmakers, jewellers, blacksmiths, fur workers, beekeepers and others. Medieval martial arts demonstrations and ethnic music concerts also take place during the festival.

The renewed Kernavė Archaeological Museum exhibition teaches visitors about Kernavė in prehistory and the Middle Ages.

Brief History

On the way to Kernavė, turning left at the Town of Dūkštai – a forest path will lead you to the Karmazinai mounds. There are approximately 130 mounds at this site, three of which have been restored by archaeological excavations. Beyond the Dūkštos Road, you can take a walk through the largest oak forest in Lithuania, which has a rune stone at its edge. The Karmazinai mound, which was once a pagan temple, stands at the confluence of the Dūkšta and Neris rivers and offers a beautiful view of the Neris valley. A sightseeing trail winds between old oaks next to the mound.

The legendary Kernavė Pajauta Valley and its five mounds standing on its outskirts protect the remains of Europe's last pagan capital. The State Cultural Reserve of Kernavė was established in 1989. The Kernavė Archaeological Site has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004.

Address:
108 9, Dūkštos 14222Google Maps
Museum working hours:

April-October:
IV-VII: 10:00-18:00
I-III: Closed
November-March:
II-VII: 10:00-16:00
I: Closed
Closed during national holidays

Price:

Entrance to historical park is free
Entrance to Archaeological Museum:
€2 adults
€1 students, pensioners

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