Kernavė

Kernavė

Kernavė is a historical capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The town is famous for its landscape and historical hillfort mounds that were named Pilies Hill, Altar Hill, Mindaugas Throne Hill and Lizdeikos Hill in the XIX century.

In the Chronicle of Lithuanian and Samogitian Grand Duchy it is said that Duke Kernius not only founded the first Lithuanian capital in 1040, but also created the name of Lithuania. The legends say that Duke Kernius was cremated following the pagan traditions, and his ashes were strewn on a mound.

Archeological findings show that specialized craftsmen and jewelers inhabited Kernavė. It is possible to guess that judging by the imported decorations rich townsmen used to live here.


Contact information

Kerniaus 4, Kernavė, LT-4115 Širvintų district, Lithuania;
Tel.: +370 382 47385; 
E-mail: muziejus@kernave.org

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