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The 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald Ends

2011-02-02

On 30 January 2011, the international exhibition commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald How this happened in the Great Battle… Exposé of Grunwald finished its several month long run in Vilnius.

The exhibition, which was a collaborative effort of scholars and museum staffs from many countries, tried to show the importance of the Battle of Grunwald to the nations of Europe. The exhibition was particularly popular in Lithuania. In a little less than three months, there were over 21,000 visitors to the Radvila Palace, where the exhibition was on display.

According to NMPGDL educator and head of the exhibition information center Birutė Šulinskienė, “This was a record number of visitors for an exhibition in Lithuania – over 12,500 individual visitors, almost 4,000 participants in education programs, and 4,366 visitors as part of 193 tour groups.”

Visitors to this international exhibition were able to learn more details about the actual plan of battle, its consequences and meaning as well as the impact that it had over the next 600 years on the histories of Lithuania, Poland, and other countries. During the course of the exhibition there were many cultural and educational programs. Grunwald era music echoed in the exhibition halls and armored warriors paraded.

The main ideas and concepts of the exhibition have been elaborated in a 512-page exhibition catalog How this happened in the Great Battle… Exposé of Grunwald in which the great battle as well as its commemoration and meanings from the 15th century until today is analyzed from various different viewpoints. The presentation of this catalog to the public took place at a cultural evening during the last days of the exhibition.

 

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