Birthplace/Cultural Centre of Czeslaw Milosz
Šeteniai, Kėdainiai District
Tel. +370 688 25375
Visits upon prior arrangement
You have to take the Via Baltica (road # A8). Near the village Aristava, follow the road heading to Kėdainiai (# 229). After 3 km at your right, you will see a brown roadsign indicating direction to Czesław Miłosz museum ("Č. Milošo muz. 12"). Drive another 12 km, until you will see one more brown roadsign "Č. Milošo muz. 0,5" on your left. This is Šeteniai village. On your left, you will see a white house. This is the Šeteniai conference center.
Cz. Miłosz was born in Šeteniai, the modest estate of Zygmunt and Jozefa Kunat, née Syruć, the parents of his mother Weronika, on June 30, 1911, and was baptized in the church of the nearby village of Šventybrastis. In the churchyard is the burial site of the family of his grandfather, Symon Siruć. His father Aleksander Miłosz from the nearby estate of Serbinai graduated from the Riga Polytechnic Institute as a highway and bridge construction engineer. The poet’s grandfather Artur Miłosz was a leader of the 1863 uprising against the Russian empire and barely avoided exile in Siberia.
The poet, writer and literary scholar Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980. He was Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where he had been a member of the faculty of Slavic Languages and Literatures since 1960.
Cz. Miłosz returned to his native Lithuania after an absence of over fifty years on May 26, 1992. During the visit he received the Doctor Honoris Causa degree from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, was declared an Honorary Citizen by the Supreme Council of the independent Republic of Lithuania, and visited his birthplace – Šeteniai. The land of the estate had been annexed by the local kolkhoz (collective farm), and only an abandoned park and an over a hundred years old granary building had survived the destructive neglect of the new masters.
The unique beauty of the river valley remained alive in Šeteniai until the poet’s return. A preservation effort was started soon after his visit and the ownership of Šeteniai was returned to Cz. Miłosz during his visit in September, 1997. He immediately donated Šeteniai to the non-governmental, non-profit Czesław Miłosz Birthplace Foundation. The Foundation has restored the old granary as a small conference center dedicated to the promotion of Miłoszian thought and of creative interactions between scholars, writers, and students from Lithuania, Poland, and other neighboring countries.
Museum of Mikalojus Katkus (in Ažytėnai)
Ažytėnai, Kėdainiai District
Tel. +370 347 42 853
Visit upon prior arrangement
Entry: adults - 2 LTL, senior citizens and children - 1 LTL
The museum was established in 1965 in memory of Mikalojus Katkus (1852–1944), an ethnographer, educator, book smuggler (during the period of the prohibition of books in the Lithuanian Language) and man of letters, and tells the story of his life and creative work. Exhibits on display reflect the peasant's lifestyle in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His largest work is "Balanos gadynė". It depicts the authentic picture and daly life of the Lithuanian village in the middle of the 19th century in a rich, beautiful Lithuanian language.
Museum of the 1863 Rebellion (in Paberžė)
Paberžė, Kėdainiai District
Tel. +370 347 46323,
mobile +370 645 12407 (Alina), 8 620 59882 (Regina)
Open: I-VI 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Entry: adults - 4 LTL, senior citizens and children - 2 LTL
The only museum dedicated to the 1863 Rebellion in Lithuania. It was established in 1993. The museum is situated in a manor house constructed in 1793 by Count Stanislovas Šilingas.
Antanas Mackevičius, a priest of the Paberžė church during 1856-1863, was one of the leaders of the 1863 Uprising against the tsarist regime. He encouraged the resistance and united 250 men for the uprising. On the 8th of March, 1863, he blessed the men and led them into the Krekenava (neighbouring) woods. Unfortunately, the uprising was suppressed and Antanas Mackevičius was sentenced to death by hanging. The count Šilingas and his family were exiled to Siberia for their support for the uprising.
The 1863 Rebellion Museum display tells about the course of the uprising, its cruel suppression and tsarist repressions against the participants and supporters of the rebellion. The museum is surrounded by a beautiful park where five sculptures were made by G. Galvanauskas and his son Edvinas to commemorate the 1863 Uprising. In 2011 the museum was reconstructed and the displays renewed.
In 1966 a Capucin monk Father Stanislovas took over the Paberžė parish. He made huge collections of liturgical items, ancient copper dishes, locks, keys, bells, lamps, metal crosses, grindstones. They are all open for the visitors of Paberžė.
In Paberžė You will find a Church of the Visitation, constructed by folk artists. Among other valuable items, it contains crosses and altar made by one of the most famous Lithuanian wood carvers, Vincas Svirskis.
You need to devote at least 2 hours for Paberžė - the isolated village, oasis of tranquility and peacefulness, since there is so much to see there: the Museum of the 1863 Rebellion in a former manor house, XIXth century church constructed by folk artists, its valuables, a rectory with extensive collections of liturgical and household items, a picturesque park and delightful valleys of the rivulets Liaudė and Nykis.