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Raudondvaris
Lithuania
Author: Arnas Nenenas
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Arnas Nenenas   27.11.2007
Raudondvaris is a town on Nemunas River bank in Kaunas district, Lithuania west of Kaunas. The town was first mentioned in Teutonic chronicles in 1392. The old castle was rebuilt after the battle of Grunwald and became king`s property. In 1549 king Sigismund II Augustus presented the castle to his wife, Barbara Radziwill. After her death the castle fell to ruin. A new renaissance red brick palace, known as Raudondvaris Castle, was built in 1615 on high Nevezis River bank by Radziwills. The palace is surrounded by a park with a palm house (not in use any more). The residence was known for its remarkable fine arts collection, including paintings of da Vinci, Caravaggio, Rubens and del Sarto. The palace belonged to Tyszkiewicz family until the end of the World War I, when it was nationalized by Lithuanian government and converted into a school.


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