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Ėrika Striškienė. Archaeological Finds at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The territory of Vilnius Lower Castle, which includes the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, is not a random site, but one with a continuous chronology going back to the first historical mention of Lithuania’s name (1009) and extending throughout the period of Lithuanian statehood. Until the end of the 14th century, the Vilnius castle complex consisted of three castles: the Upper (Aukštutinė), the Lower (Žemutinė) and the Crooked (Kreivoji). The most important state and church institutions were inside the walled Lower Castle. Over time, the Lower Castle became the main residence of the grand dukes of Lithuania and the kings of Poland.

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Dalius Avižinis. Valuable Acquisitions for the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The reconstruction of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is a very large and complex project. The palace complex was built over several centuries. Various buildings were built and then rebuilt in different styles. The interior décor and furnishings changed over time. Alas, the luxurious interiors slowly deteriorated, valuable objects were plundered, and many things destroyed – just like the Palace itself in the end.

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