Monument to Jonas Basanavičius
sculptures / history / squares
Sculptures in Birštonas are from different periods. The oldest sculpture is Jonas Basanavičius’s bust built in 1939. The monument construction was funded from the resort levy. During the Soviet period the bust remained untouched.
The author of the monument, A. Aleksandravičius, was personally acquainted with Dr. Jonas Basanavičius. In 1918 A. Aleksandravičius stayed in a ministerial apartment of the Academy of Sciences, where he and J. Basanavičius met. The artist was deeply impressed by Dr. Jonas Basanavičius. Soon the artist started to sculpt patriarch’s bust from nature. A. Aleksandravičius created dozens of J. Basanavičius’s busts, profiles and monuments, which decorate cities to this day. One of such monuments is placed in Birštonas resort, in a square named after Jonas Basanavičius.
The monument has been registered in the Register of Cultural Properties under unique code 8616.
(sculptor A. Aleksandravičius, 1939)