MEMORIALS AND STATUES

Memorial to the perished in battles for Independence of Lithuania
At the initiative of members of the Lithuanian Riflemen Union of 18th century, a memorial to the perished in battles for Independence of Lithuania (sculptor Robertas Antinis) was built at a square in the centre of the city.. In 1945, the square was turned into a cemetery of Soviet soldiers, the memorial blasted and buried. In 1988, the fragments of memorial have been excavated, based on which R. Antinis made a copy of the former memorial. In 1990, the memorial was re-established at the same square. In 2006, the memorial has been restored.
Vytauto g., Biržai. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial to the poet Julius Janonis (1896-1917)
The Memorial to the poet, an ardent fighter against the social inequality, was erected at the most prestigious square in 1976. Sculptor: K. Bogdonas. Architect: V. Brėdikis.
J. Janonio Sq., Biržai.

 

 

 

 

 


Memorial to partisans executed on 18 January 1945
Erected on 7 September 2002, the memorial commemorates local young men executed by NKVD forces in GirelėForest near the village Kupriai. Partisans evaded the mobilisation into the Soviet Army, opposed to the expulsion from home and the destruction and rebuilding of houses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial to the translator and poet Stanislovas Dagilis (1843-1915)
A monumental bust (by Nina Gronskienė, a Paris-based sculptor) of Stanislovas Dagilis stands on a beautiful polished black granite pedestal erected on 2 September 1923, on the day of his 80th anniversary. He died in Biržai in 1915. The best known of his various works is the translation of a patriotic poem Konrad Wallenrod by Adam Mickiewicz.

Kęstučio Str. (in the territory of the Pentecostal chapel), Biržai

 

Roofed carved pillar and tomb memorial to a knygnešys Jurgis Bielinis
Jurgis Bielinis was one of the main organizers of illegal book smuggling (knygnešiai) at the time of the Lithuanian press ban, publicist, and contributor to newspapers Aušra and Varpas. He used a number of pen names: Juozapas Baltasis Erelis, J. B. Erelis, Jurgis, Juozapas Baltasai etc. He was born in Purviškiai, near Nemunėlio Radviliškis in 1846. His birthplace house still stands. Near the house, a roofed carved pillar (Sculptor: Leonas Juozonis) is erected. There is the Oak of Bielinis nearby, behind which he was hiding during a gunfight with gendarmes. A stone with a dedication is situated near the oak. A cross, under which he had died, is housed at the premises of the club Dūdoriai, in Pasvalys. He is buried at a churchyard in Suostas. The tomb memorial is installed on the tomb. The memorial was built of boulders by members of the Lithuanian Riflemen Union, Lithuanian Catholic Youth Federation Pavasaris, Lithuanian Nationalists Union, scouts, and a smith, J. Korsakas, in 1931.
Village of Purviškiai II, district of Biržai

 

Memorial bust of Vytautas the Great
Memorial busts of Vytautas The Great and Motiejus Valančius were erected near the HolyTrinityChurch in Pabiržė in 1930 and 1932, respectively. Demolished during the Soviet rule, both busts have been rebuilt in 1990.

Town of Pabiržė, district of Biržai

MEMORIAL TO THE ADVOCATE FOR THE NATIONAL CAUSE ANTANAS MACIJAUSKAS
Antanas Macijauskas was an engineer, publicist, and delegate to the Great Seimas of Vilnius . The memorial has been erected in 2004. Sculptor: Gediminas Piekuras. Architect: Evaldas Purlys.

Town of Pabiržė, district of Biržai

Memorial bust of Motiejus Valančius
Memorial busts of Vytautas The Great and Motiejus Valančius were erected near the HolyTrinityChurch in Pabiržė in 1930 and 1932, respectively. Demolished during the Soviet rule, both busts have been rebuilt in 1990.

Town of Pabiržė, district of Biržai 

 

Sculpture ‘Dream’ in the town of Vabalninkas
An almost 4-metre-high, 18-tonne granite sculpture represents a young man playing on the kanklės (Lithuanian string instrument) and urging to stand on the side of the good. It was created and erected thanks to a donation of Janina Černiauskaitė-Kancevičienė, formerly a teacher in Vabalninkas, later based in Vilnius. Sculptor: Rytas Belevičius. Architect: Albinas Mieliauskas.
Town of Vabalninkas, district of Biržai

 

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