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"Raigardas" 1908 tempera on paper triptych by M. K. Čiurlionis

About 5 km south of the town of Druskininkai on the right bank of the Nemunas River there is a wide and deep depression known as Raigardas Valley. People say that once there was a town called Raigardas (Rajgrod) here. It was located on an important trading route and, as a result, the townspeople prospered. When, however, they began to disregard God's commandments, God became angry and caused the town to sink and be swallowed up by the ground. Locals say that by listening silently and intently here, one can hear the sound of church bells welling up from below the ground. (Click here to read more legends..)