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House of Perkūnas, Kaunas

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The House of Perkūnas is one of the most original and Gothic secular buildings, located in the Old Town of Kaunas, Lithuania. Originally built by Hanseatic merchants and served as their office from 1440 until 1532, it was sold in the 16th century to the Jesuits who had established a chapel there in 1643. The Jesuits have also completed the Church of St. Francis Xavier at the Town Hall Square in 1722.The ruined house was rebuilt in the 19th century and served as a school and theatre, which was attended by Polish-Lithuanian poet Adam Mickiewicz. At the end of the 19th Century it was renamed "House of Perkūnas", when a figure, interpreted by the romantic historians of that time as an idol of the Baltic pagan god of thunder and the sky Perkūnas was found in one of its walls. Today, the house of Perkūnas once again belongs to the Jesuits and houses a museum of Adam Mickiewicz.Lithuanian historian, theologian and translator Albert Wijuk Kojałowicz was born in the house.The House of Perkūnas was included into the Registry of Immovable Cultural Heritage Sites of the Republic of Lithuania in 1996.
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  • 3 minutes walk from the old town hall square. Just look and see, did not visit the inside. Gothic architecture looked like, but don't because excitement is just a little bit. People who have interest in Gothic features and architecture building also might enjoy.
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  • Perhaps the most interesting part of town. Gothic and entirely of bricks, is worth a quick visit, head for some pictures. We found it closed
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  • The special architectural style Perkuno's House because of a popular among tourists. I didn't go in, but you can go.
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  • Very interesting architecture, but is being used by Jesuit Gymnasium. Access is somewhat limited.
  • Very interesting building with a very good guide to explain the history of the building to you
  • A really good place to visit, the guides will tell you a lot about many interesting things.
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  • An excellent example of Gothic architecture in the old town of puošiantis.
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