New Castle


The Polish-Lithuanian rulers built the rococo 'New Castle' in the mid-18th century to replace the destroyed 'Old Castle' next door. More palace than castle, it was mostly destroyed in WWII, after which the Russians rebuilt it in its current neoclassical form. These days it's an eclectic museum. The highlight is the small art collection, which includes attractive 19th-century oils and the brilliant Man with a Shovel, thought to be by Russian avant-garde master Kazimir Malevich.

Other rooms cover natural history, religion, armaments and the history of the castle.

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1. Old Castle

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2. Great Choral Synagogue

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4. Girios Aidas


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5. Druskininkai Museum

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Dedicated to the history of the town and surrounding district, this lakeside museum shows artworks, old maps and documents and everyday artefacts.

6. MK Čiurlionis Memorial Museum

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7. MK Čiurlionis Statue

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8. Joy of All Who Sorrow Church

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The tear-shaped domes of this 19th-century timber Russian Orthodox church, picked out in blue, white and gold, dominate Laisvės aikštė.