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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Kernavė Archaeological Site is a World Heritage Site in Lithuania. First mentioned as a citpy in 1279, it once served as the medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was destroyed in 1390 during the Lithuanian Civil War. After the war, the ruins of the city, located in the valley, were abandoned as its inhabitants moved away to resettle on the hill. Over time, the ruins were covered in earth, which preserves what remains of it.


Old hillfort mounds, Kernavė, Lithuania
Old hillfort mounds, Kernavė, Lithuania
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Kernavė provided modern archaeologists a glimpse of Lithuania in the 14th century, due to its remarkable state of preservation. Uncovered is the oldest known medgrinda, a hidden underwater stony road that passes through swamps or swampy areas. Such roads are usually built in secret in winter. They provide travel over surfaces that are undetected.

Interest in Kernavė was generated from the mid 19th century, when romantic writer Feliks Bernatowicz used the area as a setting for his novel Pojata, córka Lizdejki, which means "Pojata, Daughter of Lizdejki", published in Warsaw in 1826. This led to initial efforts in excavating Kernavė. The effort resumed under Vilnius University in 1979 and under the Lithuanian Institute of History between 1980 and 1983. It was made the State Cultural Reserve of Kernavė in 2003.


Mounds near Kernavė, Lithuania
Mounds near Kernavė, Lithuania
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Kernavė Archaeological Site was then inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in Suzhou, China, 28 June - 7 July, 2004.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N54 53 16 E24 49 50 in Kernave, Širvintos district, Vilnius county, Lithuania
Inscription Year: 2004
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, IV
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