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Exeptional value of Krekenava Regional Park

Briefly. The greatest value of the monotonous landscape of the middle lowland of the Lithuania is Nevėžis old valley with a chain of oxbow lakes. Here, in the regional park, the revival of the European bison has begun. The region park is abundant with manor sites. The small Ustronė manor is especially important for the history of Lithuanian book smugglers.  The landmarks of Krekenava area are crosses and road shrines of 19th - 20th c. Lithuanian folk artist Vincas Svirskis. His legacy is original and unique in its artistic forms.   


Landscape. A fragment of the Nevėžis plain with lush meadows, the forests and wetlands of Pašiliai, Gringaliai, Kalnelis, Ramygala are protected in Krekenava Regional Park. The highest value of the landscape of Lithuanian mid-lowlands is the Nevėžis ancient valley with impressive bights and series of oxbow lakes. The forested and agrarian landscape of the plains is immediately adjacent to the valley, which is diversified by wetlands with streams.


Still life. Natural, expressive valleys of the Nevėžis tributaries Liaudė, Upytė and Linkava. The stone Rapolas lies in the Linkava stream.


Wildlife. The symbol of the nature of the regional park is the European bison. The first pair of them was brought here in 1969. Now almost 20 bisons live in Pašiliai bison farm, and another 20 roam in the wild. A large part of the park is occupied by forests, and the most important of them are old oak groves. Forests are rich in rare plant species typical of broadleaf forests. The park is rich in otters, beavers, hazel ducks, red deers, wild boars, deers, fallow deers, and bats.


Cultural heritage. Bakainiai and Upytė mounds remember the ancient way of life. The great abundance of manors are located in a relatively small area. There were a net of 20 of them here. Some are completely gone, only fragments, revealing the past, have left. Book smugglers' crusades are also related to the manors. Currently, the manor of Ustronė is open to public as a museum of book smuggling.


Exceptional phenomena, living traditions, historical facts, personalities. Vincas Svirskis, the most famous Lithuanian folk artist, lived and worked in the Krekenava region in the 19th-20th centuries. He has left more than 200 original crosses and road shrines that are unique in their artistic form. The Krekenava Small Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary has been famous for the miraculous painting of the Mother of God and the largest festival in Krekenava town, Žolinė for ages. The J. Tumas - Vaižgantas and the Booksmugglers Museum was established in the Ustronė manor to mark the work of the priest Juozas Tumas - Vaižgantas and the activities of the Garšviai Book-smugglers Society.


Last updated: 19-06-2020