Photographer's Note

The foot of the hill Gediminas was inhabited in the 4th century. While the State of Lithuania was being created, Vilnius became one of the most important political centers, later becoming the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

In the place where the village of reinforced wood was located, at the end of the thirteenth century a powerful stone castle was built, the first in Lithuania, which is now one of the most significant buildings in the territory of the Lower Castle.

At the end of the 15th century, the construction of the defensive castle began to become the representative building of late Gothic style, used residence of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. In the 16th century, renowned local artists, as well as Italian architects, Poles and other artists and craftsmen, rebuilt the Royal Palace into a luxurious Renaissance residence that later acquired the characteristics of early Baroque. The palace was the residence of the Lithuanian and Polish princes.

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are known as the Golden Age of the Palace. Vilnius at that time was an important center of Central Europe, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland, which were under the reign of the monarchs of Jogaila and the Vasa dynasties, being a state of significant influence in the region.

The flowering times ended in the middle of the 17th century. The palace was partially destroyed by the occupation army of Moscow and at the beginning of the 19th century this destruction was complete.

The idea of restoring the Palace of the Rulers was born together with the liberation movement of Lithuania at the end of the 20th century. Detailed archaeological investigations were begun on the palace in 1987. Nearly 500,000 unique finds were found on this site, which became the basis for the restoration of the palace. The restoration of the destroyed Palace of the Rulers began in 2002. During the commemoration of the Millennium of the Name of Lithuania, on July 6, 2009, a symbolic inauguration of the restored palace of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was held.

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El pie de la colina Gediminas estuvo habitado en el siglo IV. Mientras se creaba el Estado de Lituania, Vilnius fue convirtindose en uno de los centros polticos ms importantes, llegando posteriormente a convertirse en capital del Gran Ducado de Lituania.

En el lugar donde se situaba la aldea de madera reforzada, a finales del siglo XIII se construy un poderoso castillo de piedra, el primero en Lituania, que ahora es uno de los edificios ms significativos del territorio del Castillo Inferior.

A finales del siglo XV, la construccin del castillo defensivo comenz a convertirse en el representativo edificio de estilo gtico tardo, utilizado residencia de los Grandes Duques de Lituania. En el siglo XVI profesionales, artistas locales de renombre, as como arquitectos italianos, polacos y otros artistas y artesanos, reconstruyeron el Palacio Real convirtindolo en una lujosa residencia renacentista que ms tarde adquiri las caractersticas del barroco temprano. El palacio fue residencia de los prncipes lituanos y polacos.

Los siglos XVI y XVII se denominan como la poca dorada del Palacio. Vilnius en ese momento fue un importante centro de Europa Central, del Gran Ducado de Lituania y el Reino de Polonia, los cuales estaban bajo el reinado de los monarcas de Jogaila y las dinastas de Vasa, siendo un estado de importante influencia en la regin.

Los tiempos de florecimiento terminaron en la mitad del siglo XVII. El palacio fue parcialmente destruido por el ejrcito de ocupacin de Mosc y a comienzos del siglo XIX esta destruccin fue completa.

La idea de restaurar el Palacio de los Gobernantes naci junto con el movimiento de liberacin de Lituania a finales del siglo XX. Se iniciaron detalladas investigaciones arqueolgicas sobre el palacio en 1987. Fueron encontrados cerca de 500.000 hallazgos nicos en este emplazamiento, que se convirtieron en la base para la restauracin del palacio. La restauracin del destruido Palacio de los Gobernantes, comenz en el ao 2002. Durante la conmemoracin del Milenio del Nombre de Lituania, el 6 de julio de 2009,se celebr una inauguracin simblica del palacio restaurado del Gran Ducado de Lituania.

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