Norviliškės Castle (a former monastery, also called Norviliškės Manor) is a Renaissance style castle. It was first mentioned in 1586. In 1617 the owners donated part of the real estate land to Franciscans. Around 1745 they built a monastery and a church in Renaissance style. The monastery was reconstructed at the end of the 18th century by Kazimieras Kaminskis. After the November Uprising of 1831, Russian authorities closed the monastery and turned it into barracks for soldiers, and later to a boarding school for girls. The Church of St. Mary Compassionate Mother was closed at the same time as the monastery. A new wooden church was built in 1929.

For a long time the former manor stood abandoned. In 2005, reconstruction was started by an entrepreneur, Giedrius Klimkevičius, from Vilnius. The project is supported by funds from the PHARE program. The hopes are that the Norviliškės Castle will become a tourist attraction. It offers hosting for business conferences or weddings, hunting, shooting practices, and other activities, including music festivals.

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Founded: 1586
Category: Castles and fortifications in Lithuania

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Dalia Balionyte (8 months ago)
Nice people, cosy
atiliuke (9 months ago)
I really advise to experience a medieval dinner here on Sundays. Very interesting and the time really well spent. Also the nature is so nice and peaceful.
Danielius Bolotinas (13 months ago)
Norviliškės Castle is a Renaissance castle in Norviliškės, Lithuania. It is located in the appendix of Lithuania, near the border with Belarus. Absolutely necessary to have your passport or ID card. It is one of several castles that can accommodate you through the night as it functions as a guest house too. Near the castle you will find old orthodox church and cemetery. Actually not much to do around there but surroundings are peaceful and beautiful.
Jurgis Bee (13 months ago)
Nice old castle with history almost 50m from Belarus border.
Evaldas Borcovas (13 months ago)
Norveliskiu castle is one of the oldest castles in Lithuania. It is unique by its architecture. Also the location is really interesting. It Is at the border of Belarus. There is also a nice old church next to it. Which is fully functional. The best view for the castle is looking from far away. This way you can see the full beauty. Although it is not too big but it worth to visit at least ones if you are planing to visit this region.
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