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Birai Castle is a castle in Birai, Lithuania. Construction of the earth bastion-type castle started in 1586 by the order of Krzysztof Mikołaj "the Lightning" Radziwiłł. In 1575, preparing for this construction, a dam was built on the Agluona and Apačia rivers at their confluence, and the artificial Lake irvėna, covering about 40 km, was created. Major castle building works were finished in 1589. Birai Castle served as a major defensive structure during the wars with Sweden.The castle was reconstructed from ruins in the 1980s, in the Renaissance-Baroque style

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