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View of Kedainiai

Situated on the banks of the Nevezis, has existed since the 15th century. Several centuries ago it was already a lively commercial and trade centre. From the beginning of the 17th century Kedainiai belonged to the influential magnate family of Radvila. At the time of the Reformation Kedainiai was an important centre of the movement and education.

Kedainiai is the only among smaller towns of Lithuania that has preserved its Old Town from the 17th century. The former Town Hall, the House of Rectors, the Church of St. George, the Calvinist Church, the House of Scotch Merchants and others are valuable monuments of architecture. It was a custom here that everyone arriving in Kedainiai had to bring a stone for the construction of the town.

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