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This is one of the oldest streets in Alytus II. The old market square (until the middle of the 1920s) was at the intersection of Vilniaus, Kauno, and Nemuno Streets. When the square was moved to a new, more spacious location, Vilniaus Street and the streets adjacent to it became a kind of commercial and administrative neighborhood. Craftsmen, shopkeepers, and government offices dominated the area until the middle of the 20th century. The office of the Alytus valsčius (a unit of local administration) was established on Nemuno Street. To this day, buildings dating from the beginning of the 20th century predominate the northern part of the street.
From 1944, when the retreating Germans demolished the Juozapavičius Bridge with explosives, until 1959, a ferry operated at the point where Nemuno Street ended at the riverbank. Later, until the bridge was rebuilt in 1967, a temporary pontoon bridge was built here. Nowadays, there is a dock at the site.
Nemuno Street is seemingly easy to miss, but it has been a witness to some of the most important events in the city’s history. The site of Alytus manor, established in the middle of the latter half of the 15th century, was near present-day Nemuno Street. The manor belonged to the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

Nemuno g., Alytus
GPS: 54.400774, 24.049458 (WGS)

Author of photographs L. Valentaitė-Gudzinevičienė


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