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If the reconstruction will be finished and the building will be commissioned the expected opening of exposition is 2011.

In the reconstructed Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania there will be four exhibition tour routes directly related to the historical functions of this residence. The first tour will show the historical and architectural develop ment of the palace by highlighting the ancient ruins still in place and the excavated artifacts as well as by using models and iconographic materials. The second tour route will bring the visitors into the ceremonial halls, which have been reconstructed in such a way as to show the evolution of architectural styles – from the late Gothic to the Renaissance to the early Baroque. The tour will end at the special Treasury Hall featuring the treasuries of the Grand Dukes and of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The third tour will be dedicated to the musical and everyday life of the palace, and will feature a multipurpose hall for concerts, plays, exhibits, and educational programs. The fourth tour will lead visitors through the temporary exhibition center, which will meet international standards for traveling exhibitions and will focus on exhibits dealing with European and Lithuanian material culture from the era of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. There will be public spaces for State ceremonial events, conferences and seminars, as well as educational programs. Visitor services will include a tourist information center, a café-restaurant serving traditional national dishes and drinks, a bookstore specializing in the humanities, and a souvenir shop. The infrastructure for all of these and other visitor services will be located underground – under the Great Courtyard. Ticket booths, an information desk, coat-check room, an auditorium as well as toilets and other visitor amenities will also be located there.


          Visitor services area underneath the Great courtyard

A. Entrance
B. Visitor services area
C. Tickets and information center
D. Auditorium
E. Book store and souvenir shop
F. Coat check
G. Restrooms
H. First and second tour route return corridor
J. Ruins of an old building
K. Ruins of the old castle wall
L. Café
M. Restaurant
N. Restaurant
O. Wine cellar
P. Vilnius tourism information center

I. First exhibition tour route
          Historical and architectural development of the palace

Castle period (development of the castle territory at the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th centuries; pre-Gothic and Gothic periods)
1. Model of the Vilnius castles
2. Gothic-period brick walls
3. Gothic-period brick walls and fallen arch
4. Early settlement – wooden architecture and early brick walls (up to the mid-14th century)
5. Early and High Gothic-period castle (mid-14th to the second half of the 15th centuries: the reigns of Algirdas, Jogaila, Vytautas, and Casimir Jagiellon)
6. Transformation of the High Gothic-period castle into a palace (end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th centuries: reign of Alexander Jagiellon)
7. The Grand Duke’s way in Vilnius display
8. Basement facility with spiral staircase
9. Early brick walls

Ground floor

Palace period (16th-17th centuries: Renaissance and early Baroque)
10. The Renaissance-period palace of Sigismund the Old
11. Bona Sforza and the Renaissance-period palace
12. The Renaissance-period palace of Sigismund Augustus
13. The Mannerist-style palace of Sigismund Vasa
14. The early Baroque-period palace of Ladislaus Vasa

Destruction of the palace and its reconstruction (mid-17th century to the beginning of the 21st century)
15. The palace ravaged – mid-17th century
16. The palace neglected and ideas for reconstruction – second half of the 17th and the 18th centuries
17. The palace torn down – 1799–1801
18. The palace remembered – 19th–20th centuries
19. The palace grounds excavated and studied – 1987–2009
20. The palace reconstructed (2000–2009) and its sponsors

II. Second exhibition tour route
          State rooms and private apartments

State rooms and offices
21. Gothic-style guardroom
22. Gothic-style antechamber
23. Renaissance-style audience hall or the Lower ceremonial hall
24. Renaissance-style anteroom
25. Renaissance-style chancellery
26. Renaissance-style clerk’s room
27. Italian Baroque-style ruler’s room
28. Passageway from the private apartments to Vilnius Cathedral

First floor

Private apartments of the Grand Dukes
29. Baroque-style private office
30. Baroque-style cloakroom
31. Baroque-style bedroom

Private apartments of the consorts
32. Renaissance-style office
33. Baroque-style bedroom

State rooms
34. Renaissance-style Great Hall, composed of three rooms – the guardroom, the antechamber, and the consort’s audience hall
35. First Renaissance-style antechamber
36. Second Renaissance-style antechamber
37. Third Mannerist-style antechamber
38. Baroque-style audience hall, or Throne Room
39. French Baroque-style audience room

Private apartments and offices of the Grand Dukes
40. Baroque-style library and Cabinet of curiosities (Kunstkammer)
41. Dutch Baroque-style office in the observation tower
42. Renaissance-style Ducal and State treasury hall
43. Ducal and State treasury facilities in the basement

III. Third exhibition tour route
          Music and everyday life

Second floor

44. Ground floor – palace kitchen and everyday life exhibits
45. Ground floor – music exhibits
46. First floor – information desk about programs
in the multifunctional hall
47. First floor – multifunctional hall

IV. Fourth exhibition tour route
          Exhibition halls and spaces

West wing basement
48. Castle tower exhibition
49. Renaissance-period brick walls and exhibition space
50. Renaissance-period brick walls and exhibition space
51. Renaissance-period brick walls and exhibition space

Exhibition Center
52. Entrance (ground floor)
53. Exhibition hall (first floor)
54. Exhibition hall (first floor)
55. Exhibition hall (first floor)

          Other public spaces
56. Great Hall vestibule and restrooms (fourth floor)
57. Courtyard tower with observation deck
58. 19th-century East wing hall (first floor)
59. 19th-century East wing room (first floor)
60. Renaissance-style education class

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