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One can find attractive and mysterious places in every city. A guest in Panevėžys will really find some places to admire.   Individuality and comfort of the city will be felt. Many details of the city have connections with the past. The past and the present verge in the centre of Panevėžys. 


Interesting fact to mention is that the inhabitants of Panevėžys were the oldest pagans in Europe . In 1414 when all Lithuania had already been baptised altar was burning and the priests were making sacrifices to the old Lithuanian Gods in the present place of the Old River Bed. 
Nowadays granite monument of Alexander , the Great Duke of Lithuania and the King of Poland overlooks     in the settings of panorama of the Old River . On its palm, it gently swings St. Peter and Paul’s Church – the descendant of the oldest Christian shrine of the city. 
One more trace is imprinted in the Old River Bed. Between the period of the Ist and the II nd World Wars Panevėžys was famous for the mills. Here, the water mill of 1848, nowadays reconstructed into luxurious hotel ROMANTIC, survived.
 The most favourite place for rest and various festivals is the Old River Bed- it is like a visiting card of the city, which could prove the fact that for many years Panevėžys has been a cosy and green city. Various sculptures make the Old River Bed livelier.
The building of J. Miltinis Drama Theatre is just several steps ahead from the Old River Bed. Juozas Miltinis, the legendary stage director and his students- the actors has provided Panevėžys with the special aura and brought honour that is felt even nowadays.
The seeds of the theatre, which were put in Panevėžys several decades ago, have brought the plants of different arts. A unique Puppet Wagon Theatre visiting the remotest Lithuanian towns and villages in summer is established in the city. The Director Antanas Markuckis has been awarded a prestigious prize of a well-known Danish fairy teller H. Ch. Andersen. This prize is also known as the little Nobel prize. The visitor of the city will be curious to see the unique theatre where fantastic puppets live, the café is functioning in a small wagon of narrow gauge railway and the collection of handprints of noble guests is exhibited.   
Nearby there is theatre MENAS . In front of it the figure of the great world dreamer and humanist Don Kichot created by the sculptor Henrikas Orakauskas is presented. The sculpture of Don Kichot was made of copper, brass, bronze in accordance to archaic engravings. The butterflies of coloured glass symbolise fragility of human being. 
J. Masiulis bookshop located in the building of interesting architecture has centuries-old history connected with the name of Lithuanian book smugglers.
Close to it, the Photography Gallery is situated. It is the centre of photo artists famous in Lithuania and abroad. Photo artists create interesting projects, publish the photo albums, and prepare photo albums.   
At hand, there is the Art Gallery , which has accumulated treasures of ceramic works. Some of the works are presented in the exhibition.   Panevėžys is often called the Mecca of ceramic artists. 129 artists from 30 countries have created in 15 symposia.
The Ethnography Museum is famous for the collection of world insects. It is one of the biggest in Lithuania .
Dropping in to the glassworks of GLASSREMIS the guests of the city can admire not only fantastic works but also see by their own eyes the production of them.
If one is tired of arts, it is worthwhile to sit in one of the cosiest cafes in Laisves square, the heart of the city.   Fountains, passers-by can be watched.   You can sit and listen to music in the so-called singing square for 24 hours. If you are lucky, you can listen to live music as Brass Orchestra GARSAS rather frequently organises various projects in the open air.  
It is worth while mentioning that Panevėžys is the centre of the Baltic Region, the capital of Aukštaitija Ethnographic Region, the most Lithuanian city where 96 per cent of residents out of 119 000 are Lithuanians.
The fifth largest city of the country is situated on the both banks of the river Nevėžis and is midway between two Baltic capitals- Vilnius and Riga . VIA BALTICA highway crosses the city and helps to develop industry, promotes investments.
The city is sometimes called the capital of bicycles and is famous for champions and well- developed bicycle paths, which make about 100 kilometres.    
If you want to make fun, it is worthwhile to come to the city festivals.   The championships of Ultra Triathlon, car rally and car cross are worth seeing. Those who adore naturalism can find plenty of ecological products and hand made works in the market of Panevėžys
The city is longing for guests. Please, come and visit us. You are always welcome in Panevėžys!