One of the most beautiful places in the Historical Regional Park of Dieveniškės is the castle of Norviliškės. The monumental castle built in the 16th century is a pearl of history and archeology. Unique, authentically restored Renaissance castle of Norviliškės shines like a diamond in the crown of Lithuanian castles. Once forgotten majestic building was raised to live a new life. The castle stands in unique corner of Lithuania - Norviliškės (Šalčininkai district) which is deeply ploughed into the territory of Belarus.
There are numerous historical facts and legends about the Norviliškės castle. It is known, that the castle was built by a wealthy Prussian merchant Vaitiekus Šorcas in the place of an old manor in the beginning of the 16th century. He fell in love with the local beauty, Countess Darata Zienovičiūtė. It was because of her brave warrior from Mariemburg decided to stay in the Great Duchy of Lithuania. The newlyweds bought the old manor by their own means. They built their dream castle, somehow alluding Italy. But their happy life was not long. Vaitiekus perished in the battlefield, and Darata became a widow. After her husband’s death Darata brought Franciscan monks from Vilnius and gave them Norviliškės estate. Turbulent events made their way into the history, and in 1832 the monastery was closed and monks moved to the Franciscan monastery in Naugardukas. The church was also closed. Tsarist government took the Norviliškės monastery, church and other buildings. After some time the wooden church was dismantled, logs brought to Alšėnai and used to build an Orthodox church.
By the way, the inventory of 1933 says that the monks hid a large sum in silver and gold when the monastery was closed. It says that the treasure was hidden somewhere near the church and monastery. Nobody has found the treasure as well as the legendary tunnel from Norviliškės to Alšėnai. Only the tunnel from the castle to the belfry was found.
Today the castle is open for tourists, conference attendants and people, who want to relax and have fun. In the Norviliškės Castle you can organise conferences, parties, theme evenings, wedding and baptizing parties, knights’ shows, concerts and performances to our guests, invite them to the restaurant and offer wide range of active leisures like: Axes and Knives Throwing Competition, Horse Riding, Painting a Picture, Tree Climbing, Adventurous Orienteering, Night Adventurous Orienteering, Shooting at Clay Pigeons (Trap Shooting), Shooting Bows and Crossbows at a Target, Shooting Wild Animals with the Bow, Field hockey, Relay – race and many more. Also, there are a lot of different showc and music concerts like:Knight’s show, Fire show, Shooting with the burning arrows, Cannon installation, Ancient dances, The concert of ancient music, Dance Lessons, Popular music concerts (Be togerther), Skrabalai, The tasting of wine, mead, cognac, brandy and beer, Illusionists Shows, The show of Chocolate making, Fireworks and others.
Moreover, there is a chance to get unusual dinner - "Sunday dinner". Renewing the “Sunday Dinner” traditions in Norviliskiu castle, this year we offer our guests a special 3 hour program. During this program You will have an opportunity to taste exclusive nobleman’s dishes, get acquainted with medieval meal traditions, games, the history of the castle and it’s surroundings.If you have little one’s not think twice about taking them with you – we’ve prepared a special program for them. The Master of the castle named Pilėnas and merry, medieval dinner will wait for You in the castle every Sunday from 2 pm and leave You an indelible impression.