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The spirit of the past takes us to the picturesque valley of Žalesa river, where one of the oldest manors in Lithuania is located. Liubavas welcomes us in the northern part of Vilnius. It is a manor shrouded in mystery, as the name "Liubavas" itself exudes love when we invoke Old Prussian.
The magic of Liubavas spreads over the authentic landscape, the noble and wise owners of the manor and the ponds fed by the river and spring waters, which seem to conceal the manor houses. This unique system of ponds protected Liubavas Manor from the enemies as early as in the 15-16th century. The architecture in the Baroque style makes the whole estate even more charming. Meanwhile, the restored watermill-museum invites you to visit and see one of the best examples of cultural heritage preservation, awarded the European Union Prize and the Europa Nostra Award.
Looking at the shadows of the past, the history of Liubavas Manor goes back to the time of the ruler Vytautas the Great. The aura of the last centuries covers the most prominent personalities, such as Albertas Goštautas, the author of the first Lithuanian statute, who was aware of the significance of the Lithuanian language for the state as early as at the beginning of the 16th century. Mikalojus Radvila the Red, who refused to sign the Act of the Union of Lublin, which was not beneficial to Lithuania. His sister queen Barbora Radvilaitė, who was linked with Liubavas Manor through three most powerful families of the country, not to mention the mysterious Golejevskiai family, Krišpinai Kiršenstein, a family allegedly descending from the ancient Romans, the family of the mighty Tyzenhauzai, Tiškevičiai and the creative Slizieniai family... It was Rapolas Slizienis, a talented Lithuanian sculptor, medal-maker and architect of the 19th century, who lived and worked at Liubavas Manor.
Liubavas Manor is an important part of the history and landscape of our state, allowing the future generations to learn about Lithuania. It is the reason, why the manor is being resurrected, revived and adapted to cultural and public needs. The aim is to spark that love again, which has long been absorbed into all the lands of Liubavas Manor.