"State cultural reserve of Kernave" Kernave by ginte

Kernave Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 47 photos

Kernave Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernave), ancient capital of Lithuania, was inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. This was the only one Unesco place in Lithuania I haven't seen yet. So, one day my boyfriend and I just went there by car for to see it finally. I've seen just pictures and postcards before, so I knew it has to be beautiful. But what I've seen there surpassed all my expectations. It's really a hidden treasure and a beauty which is definitely a must see! From the moulds a wonderful panorama of Lithuanian landscape opens, you can see one of the biggest Lithuanian river Neris and even a small island in it. The views were just adorable there.

The Kernave Archaeological Site, in eastern Lithuania about 35 km northwest of Vilnius, represents an exceptional testimony to some 10 millennia of human settlements in this region. Situated in the valley of the River Neris, the site is a complex ensemble of archaeological properties, encompassing the town of Kernave, forts, some unfortified settlements, burial sites and other archaeological, historical and cultural monuments from the late Palaeolithic period to the Middle Ages. The site of 194,4-ha has preserved the traces of ancient land use, as well as remains of five impressive hill forts, part of an exceptionally large defence system. Kernave was an important feudal town in the Middle Ages. Although the town was destroyed by the Teutonic Order in the late 14th century, the site remained in use till the modern times.

(taken from the Unesco World Heritage site: http://whc.unesco.org)

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  • Pros:Amazing historic place with a wonderful landscape...
  • In a nutshell:A perfect trip for one day... A must see!
  • Last visit to Kernave: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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