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Rokiškis - former town of Tyzenhauzs, part 1

First of the reports about Rokiškis which is district center in north eastern Lithuania and the former manor of Tyzenhauzs:




Rokiškis is the district center in the north east of Lithuania. These days Rokiškis is rather big as for the district center industry hub (there are big dairy, machine equipment and some other enterprises). For the first time Rokiškis was mentioned in written sources only in 1499. Later it became the property of Tyzenhauz family. Even today the look of Rokiškis center is significantly influenced by this fact. Also Rokiškis is the place were the last of Tyzenhauzs - Reynold Tyzenhauz - lived.


Now let's go into Rokiškis center.  Modern monument funded by the Rokiškis dairy:





Central part of Rokiškis has relatively well preserved buildings from XIxth century. This is one of them:





More general view of the western part of the square:







Another side of the square:





Former trade chamber - one of the very few remaining commercial buildings of such kind in Lithuania:




Older original hotel building with awful addition of the third floor which is still used as a hotel:




Another commercial building:




Some modern insertions:





In the neighboring streets I saw some older buildings built using interesting technique:



On the one axis of the square we will see Rokiškis church. But before you can reach this church first we found Independence monument from 1920s (restored in 1990s):





At this part buildings are similar to those seen above:



The very corner of the square:





Rokiškis church was built by the initiative of Reynold Tyzenhauz. It was designed in 1866 by Friedrich Gustav von Schacht. Construction was finished in 1877. When in 1880 Reynold died further reconstructions were supervised by his sister - Maria Tyzenhauz-Pszezdecka. This resulted in new tower designed by famous Vienna architect Georg Werner. So this neo-gothich church is one of the most interesting examples of this style in Lithuania an around:





Coming closer:





Chapel in which last of Tyzenhauzs are buried:




View to the tower:




Backview:




Rokiškis church is interesting by the fact that here you can find single monument for the Crusader in Lithuania. It's sculpture of Engelbrech Thiessenhaussen who was the founder of the family arriving from Holstein to Riga in XIIIth century. From 1561 Tyzenhauz were always at the servive of Rzeczpospolita.

Of course this sculpture was initiative of Reynold Tyzenhauz. Unfortunately the photo is bad (the sculpture is near altar and I wasn't free to walk in this part of the church):




But most of all in the church I liked wooden interior made by masters from Belgian town Leuven:





In the next part we will go to the Tyzenhauz manor

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