Representative Gothic Hall of the Grand Duke of Lithuania
The fifth donjon floor is the most representative hall of Medininkai Castle. In the 14th and 15th centuries, when the grand dukes were travelling around the ancient Lithuanian state, they used to visit various castles and manors. If a ruler would come to Medininkai Castle, he would stay on the fifth floor. It was the most representative and the most modern room of the fortress (the hall had wide gothic windows, plaster wall decor, and arch rib vaults). It was occupied and used for accepting guests. Historical sources have records that the Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas has been visiting Medininkai Castle for many times – he was writing diplomatic letters to the master of the Teutonic Order, and the King of Poland Jogaila.
The fate was merciless for the castle. From the intersection of the 15 and 16 centuries the castle was abandoned and neglected until the beginning of the 20th century. The Conservation and reconstruction began only in the 20th century, and intermittently lasted during the entire Soviet period, and then during the independence period till 2012. Now most of the fifth floor is rebuilt. Only the southeast corner is authentic – preserving the brick layer with a few stones. This part still recalls the recent history of the castle, when about 15 years ago the birch rooted in the castle bricks. During the restoration it was cut off, and left as a kind of monument for future generations.
The windows are surrounded by Gothic decorative edging. Although it is not authentic, it aims to highlight the Gothic style of the fifth floor of Medininkai castle tower. It depicts various mystical royal and hellish beings, and greeleys. The ceiling is decorated with Gothic arch rib vaults. They were designed according to fragments found during archaeological excavations.
Nowadays the hall is again the most representative room throughout the castle. It is a place to present books, solemn speeches, cultural events and invite tourists to leave comments in the visitor book.