• July 26, 2014
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No plans for the weekend? Visit Uzutrakis!

Last year in the autumn, the refurbishment of the White Palace of the Tyszkiewicz Family in Uzutrakis came to an end. The works comprised an overarching renovation both of the palace itself and the nearby park complex. What is more, the interiors regained their original condition as well.
Renewal of the Tyszkiewicz Family’s Palace was a common Polish-Lithuanian project.

Means for the rebuilding were obtained from Polish, Lithuanian and the EU’s funds. The renewed objects involved i.a. ground-floor rooms, waterside area, stables, and three ponds located inside the park( according to the experxts, renewing all 20 ponds is impossible).

Currently, the palace is owned by the Trakai Historic-National Park.

Last year in May, the Directory Board of the Trakai Historic-National Park started to realise the project entitled ” Restoration of the former palace kitchen in Uzutrakis and adjusting it to cultural needs”. The money for the project (3 million 750 thousand lits) was provided by the European Union. By the end of this summer, this inintiative is to be completed.
The White Palace is located on a high shore of the Lake Galve, from where there is a breathtaking view of the medieval castle on an island in Trakai. (photos below)

Each year, in the palace concerts, exhibitions and trips are organised. Last year, this venue was visited by approximately 100 thousand people.

Neoclassical White Palace in Uzutrakis was built between 1896 and 1901. It constituted the main office of the Józef Tyszkiewicz’s entail. The building itself was designed by a Polish architect Józef Huss, whereas the infrastructure and some elements of the landscape of the peninsula on which the palace lies- by a French architect Edouard Francois Andre.

The address of the  Tyszkiewicz Family’s White Palace in Uzutrakis: Uztrakio Street 17, Trakai. Until September, it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Opening hours: Wednesday- Sunday , from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

One  ticket costs 10 lits(11, 99 zlotys). 50% discount available for schoolchildren, university students, pensioners, one helper of a disabled person, and owners of the ISIC Card.

However, kindergarten children, residents of orphanages, soldiers, teachers with at least 10 students and tour guides with at least 10 people are allowed to enter for free.

Translated by Katarzyna Piskorz within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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