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Dzūkija

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Dzūkija is a region in Lithuania.

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  • Dzūkija National Park — the biggest forest (Dainavos) and swamp (Čepkelių) in the country, and some old unique villages in the middle of the forests
  • Kernavė — former Lithuanian capital at the bank of the river Neris and now a well-preserved archaeological site

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Dzūkija is an ethnographic region in south-eastern Lithuania. It is mainly sparsely populated and forest covered area, stretching north-east from border with Polish region of Podlaskie. The northern part of the region, however, is the cradle of Lithuanian statehood with current capital Vilnius and two medieval capitals - Kernavė and Trakai both located in an area. Two of Lithuanians five national parks can be found here as well as three of countrie's four UNESCO World heritage sites. Eight regional parks are also established in the region and serve to protect both natural environment and cultural heritage.

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