Radziwill Palace

Vilnius, Lithuania

Radziwiłł Palace is a Late Renaissance palace in the Old Town of Vilnius. It had been the second palace of Radziwiłłs by importance in Vilnius and the largest one. It is likely that Mikołaj 'the Black' Radziwiłł"s wooden Vilnius mansion was on the same site, but the current building was constructed by the order of Janusz Radziwiłł from 1635 until 1653, according to the design by Jan Ullrich. The building fell in ruin after the Muscovite invasion 1655-1660 and remain mostly neglected for centuries. It was further devastated during World War I and only the northern wing of the palace survived. Eventually, it was restored in 1980s and a division of the Lithuanian Art Museum is located there today. A part of the palace is still in need of renovation today.

Being the only survived Renaissance palace in Vilnius it has features of the Netherlands Renaissance as well as Manneristic decorations native to the Lithuanian Renaissance architecture. Its original layout and symmetry of structural elements was distinctive to the palaces of the Late French Renaissance resembling that of Château de Fontainebleau and Luxembourg Palace in Paris.



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Founded: 1635-1653
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Lithuania


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Vilma Jar (4 months ago)
Muziejaus eksponatai puikūs - likome sužavėti ir paveikslų grožiu, ir Radvilų palikimu. Įdomus ir nematytas paveikslas buvo "Mergelė sopulingoji", prie kurio arti priėjus, matosi riedanti skruostu ašara! Deja, pačiam pastatui reikalingas remontas... ypač pirmam aukštui...
Alexey Galaktikov (5 months ago)
Do not go to this museum. The most sad and uninteresting museum in the world. It seems that the exhibition consists of pictures that were a pity to throw out. Do not waste your time.
Andrew 1971 (10 months ago)
Pleasant collection in slightly run down, dowdy museum. Not a must see but a pleasant way to spend an hour if you're passing by.
Ramunė Vaičiulytė (16 months ago)
Need so much renovation of building and expositions too :)
Andy Hernandez (2 years ago)
Back to the USSR place.
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