House of Perkūnas is one of the most original and spectacular Gothic buildings in Lithuania. Built at the end of the XV century by Hanseatic merchants, this brick building with an ornate pediment and spacious cellars is located in Kaunas Old Town, near the Vytautas Church.
The real purpose of the building is unknown. There is a legend about a sculpture of the deity Perkūnas found in a wall of the building, about priestesses who took care of the eternal fire; however, the extensive collection of artifacts found by the researchers suggests that this was a commercial office that belonged to the Hanseatic Merchants.
Currently, the House of Perkūnas belongs to Kaunas Jesuit Gymnasium. The House of Perkūnas accommodates an exhibit of Adomas Mickevičius’s life and works, an art exhibition and concert hall.
• Tours: those who want to learn more about the history, crafts and traditions of the Hansaetic times are welcome to a theatrical tour around the House of Perkūnas and the terrace of the Jesuit monastery. Participants will be welcomed by the owner of the House of Perkūnas – Hanseatic merchant B. Bitneris, who will tell in detail and jovially about the market square of the Hanseatic times (Kaunas Town Hall Square), in which negotiations and trade of the Hanseatic Merchants took place. The Hanseatic merchant will kindly invite hungry and thirsty guests to visit his home at the House of Perkūnas. Here, the tour around the cellars and entertainment will be organized: medieval dance lesson, inscenization of sale and purchase of the House of Perkūnas and regale of the Hanseatic merchant B. Bitneris.
• Educational programs, demonstrating traditional crafts, such as pottery, wool felting, band weaving, candle making and ancient dance. During the sessions, the production of soap is demonstrated, paper cutting art and secrets of beading are taught, etc. Educational sessions are intended for students and adult groups.
• Rent of premises. Not only can you organize the tours here – you can also celebrate your anniversaries, children’s birthdays, company staff parties in a solemn atmosphere.
Aleksoto str. 6, Kaunas
+370 641 44614
Tuesday – Friday : 10.00 – 16.30