Kernave Mounds – Now and Before
Nowadays Kernave is a small but charming village. Mostly it’s known because of magnificent Kernave Mounds. The town is surrounded with amazing and incredible legends about Lithuania’s origin. Some of historians give a special meaning for Kernave and call it as the first capital of Great Duchy of Lithuania. The marvelous little town was a center of attraction while other cities were at starting line of its developing processes. Many craftsmen, jewelers and tradespeople settled in wonderful Kernave area during the Middle Ages.
Newcomers created impressive town next to defensive mounds. Local noblemen appreciated the beauty of Kernave’s nature too and built magnificent residence there. Unfortunately, the historical castle and charming little town haven’t remained to the present days.
However, you still can look at unique complex of five mounds. In the Middle Ages period it was used as defensive obstacle. Kernave Mounds are situated incredibly close to each other. Winding paths are like narrow tunnel in nature labyrinth. It separate mounds and lead straight to the bank of river Neris. So, it gives you a chance to look at Kernave Mounds beauty from different perspectives. The Mounds area is widely beloved by visitors because of peaceful and tranquil atmosphere there.
What’s more, Kernave Mounds isn’t simply one of attractive tourists’ destinations. But it’s discovered as one of the most unique place in Lithuania’s terrain. Many archaeological researches were made in Cultural Reserve of Kernave. The main purposes were to explore and to know more about life in ancient town. The results were surprising and delighting at the same time. During archaeological excavations many incredible fossils were found. Nowadays you can see it in Kernave Archaeological Site Museum. The remarkable complex of historical and archaeological resources is recognized as undeniable value in Lithuania. Also, Cultural Reserve of Kernave was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004.