Kaunas Castle (Kauno Pilyje) is oldest
castle in Lithuania.
Archaeological evidence suggests that it was originally built during
the 14th century, in the Gothic style. At the beginning of the 21st century, about one-third of
the building is still standing.
Its site is strategic – a rise on the banks of the Nemunas River near
its meeting point with the Neris River. It was one of the most important defenses during the
fights against the crusaders. Originally, it had four towers, but over the centuries river
Neris has washed them away. It is remarkable that Kaunas castle was the only one in Lithuania
with a double-walled defence fortification.
Today the round tower houses an art gallery. The site is open to
tourism, and hosts occasional festivals. Kaunas tourism information centre is located
in Kaunas Castle and operates daily.
Address: Kauno Pilyje (Kaunas Castle) Pilies gatvė 17,
Kaunas 44279, Lithuania. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:
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