Prime Minister: the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is a vibrant centre for cultural and historical memory


2018 07 06

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis attended the ceremony of the completion of the reconstruction of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and the opening of the two international exhibitions: Saxonian Kurfürsten - Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and Florence in the Renaissance and Baroque epochs. The Head of Government extended his greetings to he audience on the Day of the Coronation of Mindaugas, the King of Lithuania.

‘It is meaningful and symbolic that we are celebrating the date of the beginning of the old Lithuanian state in Europe in the Palace of the Grand Dukes, whose architectural remains are reminiscent of the times of Mindaugas. We have finally succeeded to complete the reconstruction of the historic residence of the rulers of Lithuania in the Lower Castle of Vilnius. Today, it is difficult to imagine Lithuania’s capital Vilnius without the Palace of the Grand Dukes as a symbol of the historical statehood, a vibrant centre for cultural and historical memory, the sign of Lithuania’s European identity’, said the Prime Minister.

According to the Prime Minister, it is pleasing to know that, since 2001, six governments, regardless of their partisan affiliation, have taken this project further to complete it symbolically for the centennial anniversary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania. On behalf of the 17th Government and on behalf of the state, Saulius Skvernelis has thanked everyone who have contributed to the fruition o the project.

Two international exhibitions have opened up in the Palace that have no equals in Lithuania’s museum history.

‘This gives us an exceptional opportunity to admire not only diamonds decorated with precious stones, Florentine paintings, but also the most beautiful Lithuanian portraits of the eighteenth century. It is unique and moving that many of these exhibits are decorated with Lithuanian coats of arms’, said the Prime Minister.

The Head of Government thanked the Dresden and Florence art communities for this great gift to Lithuania. He also expressed his gratitude to the staff of the newly operating National Museum of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, who have succeeded to bring the Lithuanian museum history to a higher level.