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Mound of Girgždūtė


Girgždūtė - IX – XVI c. archeological monument. One of the most beautiful and highest mounds in Lithuania, 226.8 m above sea level.

The mound consists of two ridges. It was speculated that on one ridge in ancient times pagans performed religious rites and on another there was a castle. The first ridge on the east side is surrounded by steps. On another ridge (it in the west), at an altitude of 200 m, there used to be an oval-shaped small lake.

It is believed that in ancient times there were shrines here. 4 km east of Girgždūtė hill is Spasčiai hill. It is believed that this was the front fortress of Girgždūtė. The Crusaders attacked this fortress in 1315.

According to ancient locals, these mountains were connected underground by tunnels known only to the defenders of these castles. The mountain received the name of Girgžd, a soldier who defended him and was buried here. Another legend says that in the past, the Samogitians passed on the news of the approaching enemy to the defenders of the nearby castles by burning bonfires at night and by blowing bagpipes during the day. The name of Girgždūtė Hill comes from the word combination "I hear a bagpipe".