The castle of Navaharadak was built in the late 10th century as a Ruthenian Christian outpost in the land of pagan Sudavian tribes. In the 13th century the Lithuanian prince Mindoug choose it as his residency and center of his conquest of Lithuania. In 1252 he was even coronated here. For several centuries the castle was a stronghold withstanding of the Teutonic Crusaders. After a hard siege of 1394 it was rebuilt and again ruined only in 1706 by Sweden soldiers.
May 23, 2017