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President's message

Dear members of the Lithuanian Castles and Manors Association,

The Lithuanian Castles and Manors Association (hereinafter referred to as LPDA) is a community-based organization, strong to the extent that we, its members contribute with work and advices. My aim is to concentrate and involve in the matters of association not only qualified members of the Board, but also anyone who has the knowledge and enthusiasm to contribute to the revival of Lithuanian castles and manors, also to increase the prestige of the association. This is the organization for all of us, who are managing these important cultural heritage objects of our land. Harmonious work of LPDA is important to Lithuania, it contributes to the preservation for our future generations of the objects, that have been the centers of culture for many centuries. We bring our cultural heritage to a new life, restore our historical memory, cherish beautiful traditions and encourage love for the motherland.

Dear members of the association, I invite all of you to be active in our common home - the LPDA with your thoughts, advices and voluntary work.

With your support I wish for the managers and owners of manors, the best of luck, health and faith in the meaningfulness of the work of the association.
 

Sincerely,
Gintaras Karosas
The President of the Lithuanian Castles and Manors Association

 

Castles and manors – open to the public cultural centers, tourism service providers, model farms

The Lithuanian Castles and Manors Association connects natural and legal persons on a voluntary basis – the owners of Lithuanian castles and manors, managers and other individuals, who are taking part in the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Lithuanian castles and manors.

The first manors in Lithuania were developing in conjunction with the country, and in the second half of the XIII century the manors already have been administrative, political, and cultural centers as well as farm units and taxes collection points. Because of their economic activity they were sustainable. Manors operated Mills, dairies, forges, small agricultural processing enterprises.

It is estimated that throughout the history of the development of Lithuanian castles and manors, there have been about 2000 manors in the current territory of the country. Unquestionably, not once in the history of Lithuania the manors were destroyed. Went through wars or turmoil, political upheavals, economic deprivation, robbery or vandalism. But the manors returned. Old manors are revived as silent witnesses of history.

We can rejoice that they are now once again newly revived, more of them find new owners. Manors are being researched, restored, their cultural and farming traditions are being revived. Many of them are active – from cultural hot spots in the Province to economic activities. Conscious of their mission to preserve and nurture castles and manors, to revive and continue cultural and economic traditions, owners and managers, without sparing any of their time and resources, organize various cultural events, carry out a comprehensive educational programs, revive farming activities. It is really pleasing to see growing numbers of members of the Lithuanian Castles and Manors Association. Thanks to them, the Lithuanian countryside is becoming more beautiful and rises to a new life and activities. Rural communities and museums that are open both to local and foreign guests, are developing in the castles and manors.

The owners and managers of castles and manors are gathered together in the Lithuanian Castles and Manors Association (LPDA), established in 2005. Several dozens of events and various projects, show that there is a revival in Lithuania of our castles and manors, which have been the main pillar of our country for centuries.

LPDA is led by the President, decisions are taken after consultation with the Board, which consists of representatives, elected by members of the Association in a general meeting.
 

We rebuild and bring back old cultural traditions of Lithuanian manors and castles
 

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