Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Manor of Uzutrakis

Another Lithuanian manor house that is finding another use; the Manor of Uzutrakis near the old capitol of Trakai. When I visited it thanks to local help, it was in the middle of undergoing serious restoration. It was built in 1896 - 1901 by Polish architect Josef Huss for the Tyszkiewicz family, later annexed by the Soviets and occupied by the German Wehrmacht during WWII. After the war it was used by the KGB as a sanatorium for high ranking officers, later as a rest home and a young pioneer's camp. Until the Lithuanian independence it was finally used by a Soviet tourist enterprise. Now it will rise in its former glory as an art museum, when the restoration is finished.