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The baroque ensemble of the Liubavas manor in the district of Vilnius is being reborn. Financial support from the European Economic Area has allowed conserving unique assets of the Lithuanian cultural heritage – the 18th century Liubavas manor Officine and Orangery – and adapting them for cultural and public purposes. The restoration of the buildings is halfway through, all work is being done according to the pre-arranged schedule.
The project is being carried out by Public Institution Europos Parkas, founder of the regional history, culture, and technology museum "Liubavas" on the premises of the manor's watermill, which has been open to visitors since 2011. The Officine and Orangery will house museum expositions. The museum is implementing this project in association with the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), which possesses immense experience in conducting cultural heritage research and has a team of skilled specialists and experts.
The project's author and lead Gintaras Karosas says that the restoration of the valuable baroque buildings was started in the nick of time. According to Karosas, we can boldly say that it was the longsighted financial support by the countries within the EEA that has saved this rare, in the European context, asset of cultural heritage, which will become a font of knowledge for future generations.
The project will involve sprucing up two buildings of the central representative part of the Liubavas manor and customising them to accommodate the needs of the museum. On top of that, the scope of the project will cover educational seminars for owners of properties of cultural heritage and heritage management specialists. The introductory seminar that took place last fall was a tremendous success, its audience twice the expected turnout.
Located near the capital city, the manor of Liubavas is one of the oldest in Lithuania and has connections to many of the most prominent figures in the history of our country, such as the Goštautas family, Žygimantas Augustas, Radvila the Red, the families of Tiškevičius, Slizienis, to name a few. In the 19th century, Liubavas manor was home and workplace to the talented Lithuanian sculptor and member of the Filaret and the Philomath associations Rapolas Slizienis (1804-1881).
In 2012, the mill-museum of Liubavas manor was recognised as one of the top examples of preservation of European cultural heritage, the high quality of its restoration work earning the highest award – the European Union cultural heritage prize and the Europa Nostra award.
On Sunday 4 October 2015 at noon, the Liubavas manor (Village Liubavas, the district of Vilnius) hosted an event to report on the progress of the project, providing a possibility for everyone interested to take a look around the properties under restoration and listen to the project team sharing their experience of restoration projects. The event also featured a tour of the Liubavas manor watermill museum and refreshments in the form of hand made cookies of the Liubavas manor.