[CLOSED] Opening of accreditation for the ceremony of the State funeral of commanders and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising


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The Office of the Government opens up accreditation for the ceremony of the State funeral of commanders Zygmunt Sierakowski and Konstanty Kalinowski and 18 other participants of the 1863-1864 uprising, whose remains have been unearthed in Gediminas Hill, to be held on 22 November 2019.

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Burial sites were accidentally unearthed during the Gediminas Hill reinforcement works, which began on 3 January 2017. Following the identification of the remains of the participants of the 1863-1864 uprising, executed in Lukiškės Square in Vilnius, the search continued resulting in the excavation of the remains of 20 individuals. It was decided to hold, in cooperation with Poland, a State funeral ceremony for the commanders and participants of the 1863 uprising on 22 November. The reburial will take place at the Rasos Cemetery in Vilnius.

The State funeral ceremony will begin at 8.30 on 22 November in the courtyard of the National Museum of the Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania and it will then proceed to Cathedral Basilica of St. Stanislav and St. Vladislav. There will be public farewell with the participation of state officials and foreign delegations from the neighbouring states. Holy Mass will be celebrated by H. E. Metropolitan Archbishop of Vilnius, Gintaras Grušas. The funeral procession will then proceed along the streets of Vrublevskio, Šventaragio, Pilies, Didžioji, Aušros Vartų (Gate of Dawn), Drujos, Rasų to the Old Rasos Cemetery. The commanders and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising will be laid to eternal rest in the Chapel of the old Rasos Cemetery.

The funeral ceremony will be live-streamed by Lithuanian National Radio and Television.

Upcoming accompanying events

A few days before the planned funeral ceremony, i.e. on 20 November, the National Museum of Lithuania will open an extraordinary exhibition dedicated to their lives, their involvement in the uprising and their tragic fate. The exhibition will be displayed on the premises that operated as a prison back in 19th century and where the participants of the 1863-1864 uprising were held.

The Museum will also present two books related to the 1863-1864 uprising. ‘Memoirs’ by Apolonia Dalewska-Sierakowska, wife of one of the commanders of the uprising is an ode to selflessness, devotion to the homeland, faithfulness and sacrifice. It has been translated into Lithuanian. The other book ‘Road of 1863-1864 insurgents to death and rebirth’ will for the first time tell the story of the dramatic events in Lukiškės Square. Book presentations will take place in mid-November.

To commemorate the 1863-1864 uprising, Vilnius Picture Gallery of the Lithuanian Art Museum (Chodkevičiai Palace, Didžioji Street 4) is opening an exhibition ‘Artur Grottger. ‘Lituania’.The 1863-1864 Uprising in Lithuania’. The original drawings of the cycle ‘Lituania’ by Artur Grottger will be displayed in Lithuania for the first time (the cycle ‘Lituania’ is part of the collection of the National Museum in Krakow). The exhibition will run until 26 January 2020.

The same day, an academic conference/ round table: ‘The 1863-1864 Uprising in the Historical Memory of Lithuania, Poland and Belarus’ will be held with the participation of historians from all the three countries.