Old Market Square


Kėdainiai's Jewish community originally settled off this 15th-century market square in the first half of the 17th century. A wooden synagogue, built in 1655, was replaced by the Great Summer Synagogue in the 18th century, now an art school. Next to it is the Small Winter Synagogue, now a multicultural centre that hosts concerts and exhibitions. In front of it is a Holocaust memorial comprising a triangle of stones and an all-seeing eye.

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Nearby Kėdainiai attractions

1. Great Market Square

0.14 MILES

The square is overlooked by a particularly photogenic trio of 17th-century merchants' houses as well as the impressive town hall with a rococo sun dial in…

2. Kėdainiai Regional Museum

0.14 MILES

Housed inside a former 18th-century Carmelite monastery, this is a particularly thorough introduction to the history of the region and the town. Displays…

3. Arnett House

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This 17th-century building was once owned by the Scottish merchant John Arnett and now hosts craft demonstrations. Come here to learn about the…

4. Janina Monkutė-Marks Museum-Gallery

0.33 MILES

Born in Radviliškis, artist Janina Monkutė-Marks grew up in Kėdainiai and this museum showcases a permanent collection of her vibrant, joyful paintings…

5. Holocaust Memorial

1.17 MILES

When the Nazis took control of Lithuania in July 1941, they forced the Jews of Kėdainiai, Šėta and Žeimiai communities to move into a closed ghetto. On 28…

6. Ninth Fort

24.14 MILES

Lithuania's dark 20th-century history is poignantly told here, 7km north of Kaunas. Begin in the sombre, church-like gallery with striking stained glass…

7. Christ's Resurrection Basilica

26.71 MILES

There's an austerity, symmetry and simplicity to this white-washed concrete cathedral, built over a period of 70 years from 1934 onwards, though its…