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photoblog image Kernave, Lithuania

Kernave, Lithuania

 

Kernave is a small village (popln. about 300) in Lithuania about 40 kms. northwest of Vilnius - but in medieval times it was the capital of Lithuania.  These earth mounds are all that is left of the citadel and surrounding town. The River Neris is visible just beyond the row of trees in the centre of the picture - remains of occupation in the paleolithic, mesolithic and neolithic eras have been found here.  Easily reached by bus from Vilnius.

 

Kernave, Lithuania

 

Kernave is a small village (popln. about 300) in Lithuania about 40 kms. northwest of Vilnius - but in medieval times it was the capital of Lithuania.  These earth mounds are all that is left of the citadel and surrounding town. The River Neris is visible just beyond the row of trees in the centre of the picture - remains of occupation in the paleolithic, mesolithic and neolithic eras have been found here.  Easily reached by bus from Vilnius.

 

comments (7)

C'est superbe avec ce joli ciel.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Oct 2017, 00:43
It is a lovely vista, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray - it's a lovely place indeed.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Oct 2017, 06:43
Interesting stuff Tom. I wonder why they moved the capital elsewhere?
Tom Wilson: The town was burned down by the Teutonic Knights in the 14th century and never re-settled - Trakai then became the capital, followed by Vilnius. Then, while Vilnius was under Polish control the capital moved to Kaunas, returning to Vilnius at the end of WWII.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Oct 2017, 09:54
Have they done much excavation here, Tom?
Tom Wilson: Oh, yes - a great deal, most of the finds in the excellent archaeological museum in the village. From Wikipedia: "In later years, the remains of city were covered with an alluvial earth layer, that formed wet peat. It preserved most of the relics intact, and it is a treasure trove for archaeologists, leading some to call Kernavė the "Troy of Lithuania". For example, Kernavė has the oldest known medgrinda, a secret underwater road paved with wood. The road was used for defence and dates from the 4–7th centuries."
It's difficult to be leive there was a village under these mounds, it is all so interesting.
Tom Wilson: More than a village, Brian - a town
What a great sky in this shot. I am trying to figure out how you use an underwater road.
A really lovely landscape! And a very interesting history

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