Kaunas Town Hall

Kaunas, Lithuania

The construction of Kaunas town hall started in 1542. At first it was a one-storey building with not daubed facade and vaulting cellars. In the 16th century the first floor was build and the eight storey tower was built in the east of the building. The ground floor was adjusted for trading and prison guards, the first floor - for trial, magistrate, treasure, archive and office. Cellars were used to store the goods. The cellars of the tower were used as a prison.

In the year 1638 the renaissance reconstruction was made. In the year 1771 -1775 the second reconstruction was made by architect J. Matekeris. He rebuilt the part of building, which was demolished in the 17th century, replanned the premises and added additional floor to the tower. He decorated the town hall with baroque and classicism style decorations, rebuilt the pediment and erected there the sculptures of Grand Dukes of Lithuania (they survived only until the 19th century).

In 1824 the town hall was used as the premises of the orthodox church and later - ammunition storage. In 1836 the town hall was reconstructed again. The residence for Russian Czars was made there. From the year 1862 and 1869 there was The Kaunas town club, Russian club, firemen office and Russian theatre. In 1869 Kaunas municipality was established in the Town hall. In the year 1944 it was replaced by the archive and in the year 1951 the archive was replaced by Kaunas technical institute.

In 1973 the Wedding Hall (marriage registration office) was opened in the ground and first floor of Town hall. The cellars were used by a Ceramics museum. In the year 2005 the last reconstruction was made, some of damage was eliminated and the Town hall was painted this time not with white color, but with ivory.

Today Kaunas Town hall is used for the wedding ceremonies, official welcome of city guests, signing of agreements and official events.

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Founded: 1542
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Lithuania

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Viktoras Palys (11 months ago)
Must see in Kaunas! At the peak end of pedestrian Vilniaus street. Tons of sights to see around. Two rivers confluence.
Koen (14 months ago)
The 53 meter high tower gives the classicist town hall a graceful slenderness. The "White Swan", as the town hall is nicknamed, is nowadays mainly a location for wedding ceremonies and other official occasions.
Nino Khazalashvili (15 months ago)
I didn't visit the museum, but the town hall itself is a very beautiful building. The centerpiece of Kaunas Old Town
Cynthia Venika Lioe (2 years ago)
Located in old town, beautiful place especialy during christmas making this area very Nice with the giant Christmas Tree and beutiful Christmas decoration around . Love It ❤️
Lina Butler (2 years ago)
Very beautiful building in a centre of Kaunas Old Town. Plenty of opportunities to take beautiful pictures. And if you visit at the right time - opportunity to have a glimpse of spectacular weddings.
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