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MAY-2003 Michal Leszczynski

One of the Old hillfort mounds in Kernave

Kernavė was a medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today is a tourist attraction and an archeological site (population 318, 1999). It is located in the Širvintos district municipality located in southeast Lithuania. A Lithuanian state cultural reserve was established in Kernavė in 2003.

Kernavė is situated near the bend of the Neris and the Pajauta valley, next to the area of historic hillfort mounds, piliakalnis.

Kernavė is situated on the right bank of the river Neris, on the upper Neris terrace 21 kilometers (13 mi) from Širvintos and 35 kilometers (22 mi) from Vilnius. It is close to the Vilnius-Kaunas (18 km or 11 mi) and Vilnius-Panevėžys (17 km or 11 mi) highways. It is possible to travel to Kernavė from Vilnius by the river Neris.

Kernavė is at the center of one of the Lithuanian districts. The southern part of the town borders on a nature reservation.

Tourists can find the latest information about events and surrounding tourist attractions at Kernavė tourist information bureau[4]. In summer Kernavė comes to life. Celebrations and folk festivals are organized. Archaeological expeditions have been held for more than 20 years, in which Lithuanian and foreign archaeologists, students, and school children take part.

Kernavė is also famous for its traditional Rasa festivals. As early as 1967 a group of university students held the very first Rasa festival, which later became a tradition. For several decades it was not only a way to clean the soul, but also to protest against the humiliation of national consciousness and the forced implantation of Soviet traditions. Attempts to prohibit this festival were not successful.

Kernavė is famous for national celebrations of Mindaugas coronation day on 6 July. On that day a festival is held, where medieval authentic crafts, war games and folk music are presented. The craftsmen come from around the Baltics and neighboring countries.

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Milan Vogrin14-Feb-2011 16:56
Very nice!
Bryan Murahashi14-Feb-2011 04:17
Beautiful photo of these ancient and historic green mounds. V
Hank Vander Velde14-Feb-2011 03:19
Beautiful shot of these lush hills and country-side Michal.
Ken Chambers ARPS13-Feb-2011 21:09
Thank you for the impressive picture and the detailed history. voted
urs13-Feb-2011 20:00
Very nice landscape picture, Michal. Great how green it looks here. You still have vast stretches of green land in your country. V
Colin Storey13-Feb-2011 19:35
Great landscape image of these hills. v
Ceya13-Feb-2011 19:13
Wonderful green landscape well captured! V
Nestor Derkach13-Feb-2011 16:14
Very nice landscape with nice composition and image detail.
Guest 13-Feb-2011 14:59
Exellent shot, beautiful composition!! 
Graeme13-Feb-2011 13:45
Very nice rolling landscape Michal.V
Jim Coffman13-Feb-2011 13:24
Lovely area of green rolling hills! V
Stephanie13-Feb-2011 12:31
Gorgeous greens!! V
Blandine Mangin13-Feb-2011 09:01
very nice landscape ! v
Guest 13-Feb-2011 07:51
Fabulous scene Michal.. beautiful! V
Zoltán Balogh13-Feb-2011 07:37
Truly beautiful Michal! V
Gerard Koehl13-Feb-2011 07:14
Joli paysage... V
Guest 13-Feb-2011 05:19
This landscape looks so beautiful! ~V
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