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Architecture of Lithuania

Lithuania's architectural heritage is somewhat limited in visibility today since most traditional rural architecture was constructed from wood so has not lasted. Of the wooden structures and towns that do survive, the village of Zervynos is perhaps the best preserved and interesting due to its domestic wooden architecture.

Lithuanian Architecture - Vilnius

Outside of the cities, some of the oldest remaining buildings in Lithuania are castles. The primarily Gothic Trakai Peninsula Castle (1350–1377), the reconstructed Renaissance-Baroque Birzai Castle (1586-1589), and the reconstructed Gothic Trakai Island Castle (1300s-1409) are all good examples of various styles found during the height of power of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

During the time of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania to the present, the current capital of Vilnius has received most of the country's greatest architectural feats. The city contains buildings from the Gothic period all the way through the neo-classical period. St. Anne's Church (1495-1500) is in the late Gothic style, the town hall (rebuilt in 1799) is in the neo-classical style, while nearly the rest of the city's old town is Baroque, including most of the city's churches.

Under Soviet rule, many cities received Soviet styled buildings, particularly apartment buildings and factories, which can still be seen today on the outskirts of most larger cities.

This page was last updated: February, 2012