Abromiškės Manor is being brought back to life

In the midst of two biggest cities of Lithuania (Vilnius and Kaunas), a short turn from the highway, unique manor of Abromiškės is situated. Neglected for a long time, this cultural heritage object is finally being brought back to life by the efforts of businessman Romualdas Bakutis and the financial support of the EEA Grants.

The complex of Abromiškės Manor is protected as the cultural asset for its architectural, historical and landscape value. The Manor was founded back in 1571, while its history is linked with the families of Poniatovskiai, Bichovcai, de Raes and Pliateriai. The manor house is distinctive by its architectural solutions – the central wooden part of Classicism style built in early 19th Century and later built masonry wings.

In the 19th Century, the manor was considered to be one of the most beautiful and best-maintained manors in Lithuania, it boasted active cultural life, a valuable library, collections of paintings. Unfortunately, changing owners, Soviet times and finally, the fire seriously damaged the manor.

Restoration of the wooden part

Present owner of the manor Romualdas Bakutis decided to revive the manor complex in order to preserve the valuable object of cultural heritage and to adapt it to the public needs. First of all, the masonry wings were reconstructed, followed by initiation of the project of wooden (central) part restoration.

The latter stage commenced in summer 2014, during which the building design was prepared, the wooden part of the palace house was restored, engineering networks were installed. Support of EUR 657 000 were granted from the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism and Lithuanian state support under the Conservation and Revitalisation of Cultural and Natural Heritage programme implemented by the Ministry of Culture. The results of the project that lasted nearly three years were introduced to the local community on 22th of April.

The project was implemented by Galvės investicija company in cooperation with the Norwegian University College for Agriculture and Rural Development. The Norwegian partners took part in the event organised for the local community and shared their experience in the fields of cultural heritage preservation, possibilities of creative heritage adaptation, promotion of communities' entrepreneurship.

Only halfway

The works carried out completely changed the condition and external look of the manor house. The park with the ponds surrounding the manor are also being brought back to life gradually. However, a lot of work still needs to be done for the object to be suitable for active use – interior premises, the surroundings of the manor need to be rehabilitated as well. According to the owner of the manor, it will take another four to five years until the object will be fully revived and ready for visitors.

It is planned to open a guesthouse and representational halls adapted for cultural events, concerts, shows and conferences in the object. Later on, the other buildings of the complex are due to be restored – the servants' quarters, stables, a windmill. Through such infrastructure improvement, tourist attractiveness of the locality is enhanced, jobs created for local community members, cultural and economic viability of the area is improved. 

Abromiškės Manor is one of 19 cultural heritage objects that received financial support for its revitalization from the EEA Grants.



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