Zagare is a remote town in the north of Lithuania and is famous for its old architecture and a beautiful landscape.
In 1198, Zagare was first mentioned in written sources as Sagera. However, according to archaeological remains, Lithuanians lived here as early as the 6th-9th centuries. The two hills of Raktuve and Zvelgaitis in Zagare, are situated in the Lithuanian part of the historic Ziemgala region, and were defensively important. The castles of these hills and their defenders were described in the 9th century chronicles.
There is hardly a town in Lithuania that can boast such an old history as Zagare. Due to its favourable geographical and natural position, the main street network had already begun to appear in the middle of the 16th century. With the growth of the town, its appearance also changed with redbrick buildings replacing many wooden ones.
Some clay and local dolomite buildings of the 17th-18th centuries still stand in Zagare. At present the buildings of the mid-19th and early 20th centuries prevail. While you are in Zagare, you are welcome to visit the churches of St. Peter and Paul the Apostles (in bouth Old and New Zagare), the drugstore built in 1817 (the sixth one in Lithuania), the old Baroque parsonage (1759), the complex of Naryskinas Palace as well as the estate park.
The outskirts of Zagare are attractive to naturalists and tourists who enjoy observing wildlife. The outskirts also have the most favourable conditions for wild animals to breed and plants to grow, as the structure of entrails is unique and the relief is of diverse forms.
Zagare Ridge which is 8km long, is an undulating and picturesque hill. Unfortunately, during the Soviet rule, while quarring gravel, its natural relief was destroyed. The winding river Svete runs through Latvia and flows out into the Baltic Sea. Old riverbeds, wide water meadows, and leaning willows make the Svete very attractive.
The Park of Zagare is one of the largest and most beautiful in Lithuania. It makes the town very attractive. An experienced dendrologist G. F. Kuphaldtas founded the park. It covers an area of 71.8 hectares. The park was planned to meet the style of surrounding nature. Zagare Park is unique as it was started in former arable lands.
Every Lithuanian associates Zagare with its stud farm, which has very old traditions of horse breeding and horse sports.
At present the town of Zagare occupates an area of 475.4 ha, its population is estimated at up to 21/2 thousand. This remote town in the north of Lithuania is blessed with natural beauty, its ancient architecture and history. The unique way of life is is of great interest to tourists.