Another ethnographical village is revived - Zervynos

In Zervynos village, situated in Dzūkija National Park, a number of historic buildings have been rescued from vanishing. Following the restoration of the roofs, wooden doors and windows, the village regained its authentic look, better living conditions were created and tourist attractiveness of the locality has increased.  

Zervynos rural settlement is a typical village of Dzūkija that dates back to the end of the 19th Century and the  beginning of the 20th Century. It has retained its authentic urbanistic structure, traditional wooden architecture, expressive elements of small architecture until nowadays. Unfortunately, demographic changes, unsuitable materials and technologies used in renovation of the buildings and limited financial possibilities determined rapid deterioration of the village.

In 2013, the Ministry of Culture launched implementation of the programme the Conservation and Revitalisation of Cultural and Natural Heritage under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA Grants), one of the priorities of which was preservation of wooden architecture. Zervynos village community with the assistance from the Dzūkija National Park and Administration of Varėna District Municipality received support of this programme for restoration of the traditional wooden architecture of the village. Financial support of 419 thousand euros from Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Lithuanian state budget (74 thousand euros) was secured for the works. Owners of the buildings and the municipality covered 11 per cent of the project value (55 thousand euros). 

During the project implementation that lasted three years, as many as 32 objects, i.e. 8 living houses and 24 outbuildings, were restored. Roofs were resurfaced with shingle and lath roofing, decayed constructions (rafters and trusses), wooden windows and doors of living houses were restored, fire alarm systems were installed. In addition, theoretical and practical trainings were organised for specialists and general public about maintenance and management of wooden architecture, old technologies.

The outcomes of the project were introduced on 21 of April during the closing event of the project. They are expected to inspire also those residents of Zervynos village who did not take part in the project, as well as other villages to cherish their old farmsteads.

It is one of three villages that received support under the above-mentioned programme. It was also granted to the ethnographical Musteika village (Dzūkija National Park), ethno architectural Salos village (Ignalina District), and sixteen other objects of cultural heritage of different type and purpose.

Gallery illustrating the changes>>>

Photos of R. Urbakavičius and Dzūkija National Park.

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