Located barely 9 kilometres away from Kaunas, formed on the upper terrace of Nevėžis river lies the architectural ensemble of Raudondvaris. Raudondvaris manor is the monument of the beginning of the 17th century of Renaissance architecture in Lithuania.
The main building of the Raudondvaris ensemble is the castle with a tower. It was built in the second half of the 17th century. The estate, together with 3.8 ha park, two oficina buildings, an orangery, stables and an ice-house, make a single ensemble.
In 17th-20th centuries the manor was owned by noble families of Dzievaltauskai, Kosakovskiai, Radvilai, Vorlovskiai, Zabielai, Tiškevičiai. When the castle had been managed by Tiškevičiai, it became the luxurious residence, in which huge paintings, art works, rare books, collections of exotic plants and animals were assembled.
Now the castle, stables, an ice-house and orangery are restored and adapted for cultural tourism.
Nowadays civil registry marriages, conferences, concerts, solemn commemorations take place in the castle. Kaunas district museum is located there too. In the former ice-house Kaunas district tourism and business information center was opened, while the orangery became a restaurant with banquet halls. In 2015 former stables were adapted for activities of Arts Incubator having a concert hall with 500 seats and residential premises for young artists from Kaunas district and other regions of Lithuania.
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