Kernavė World Heritage Site

Medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

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One of the old hillfort mounds at Kernavė
Map showing location in Lithuania
Map showing location in Lithuania
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LocationŠirvintos District Municipality, Lithuania
Coordinates54°53′N 24°51′E / 54.883°N 24.850°E / 54.883; 24.850Coordinates: 54°53′N 24°51′E / 54.883°N 24.850°E / 54.883; 24.850
Abandoned14th century
PeriodsMiddle Ages
Site notes
Excavation dates1859, 1979, 1980–1983
ConditionIn ruins
Official nameKernavė Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernavė)
CriteriaCultural: iii, iv
Inscription2004 (28th session)
Area194.4 ha
Buffer zone2,455.2 ha

Kernavė was a medieval capital[1] of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today is a tourist attraction and an archeological site (population 272, 2011). It is located in the Širvintos district municipality located in southeast Lithuania. A Lithuanian state cultural reserve was established in Kernavė in 1989. In 2004 Kernavė Archaeological Site was included into UNESCO world heritage list.

  1. ^ World Heritage Committee. Advisory Body Evaluation. 2003. p.107

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