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Biržai Castle Today

The Sėla Biržai Region Museum gradually settled in the newly restored representational palace of the castle in 1978-1988. From the Dutch-style bastion-type fortress that was built by the Radziwiłł family and used to defend Lithuania’s northern borders in the 17th-18th centuries, two gunpowder buildings, arsenal and a bridge have been restored so far.
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Barbara Radziwiłł’s father

Jerzy Radziwiłł, the forefather of Biržai-Dubingiai branch of this noble family and the father of Barbara Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was called Lithuanian Hercules for a reason. He won 30 battles against the Tartars, the Muskovites and the Crusaders. His grandson Krzysztof Radziwiłł “The Thunderbolt” built the first Castle of Biržai (Biržai pilis).

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The Treaty of Biržai

In 1701, two rulers met in Biržai: Augustus II (1670-1733), King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania and Elector of Saxony, and Peter I (1672-1725), the Russian Tsar. They signed the Treaty of Biržai, a union between the two rulers against the Swedes. However, this did not stop the Swedes, who turned Biržai Castle to ruins in 1704.

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An unbreakable corner of the castle

The ruins of Biržai Castle stood for almost three hundred years. One of the columns of the castle stood as a reminder of the glory of the Radziwiłł. According to legend, in this particular column, a happy newlywed couple, was bricked up while the palace was being constructed. The palace revived in 1979-1988 and today Biržai’s regional museum Sėla is situated here.
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The Treaty of Biržai

In 1701, two rulers met in Biržai: Augustus II (1670-1733), King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania and Elector of Saxony, and Peter I (1672-1725), the Russian Tsar. They signed the Treaty of Biržai, a union between the two rulers against the Swedes. However, this did not stop the Swedes, who turned Biržai Castle to ruins in 1704.

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Wedding present

In 1568, Mikołaj Radziwiłł “The Red” gave the Papilys castle, estate and the township (500 voloks total), as a wedding gift to his son, Krzysztof Mikołaj Radziwiłł “The Thunderbolt” and his bride Ona Sobkovna. During the war of 1625-1627, the Swedes burned Papilys and destroyed Biržai Castle, which had been built by “The Thunderbolt”  in 1586-1589.

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Opening hours of the museum October to April:

Wednseday-Saturday 9 am - 5.30 pm;

Tuesday and Sunday 9 am - 4.30 pm.

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