It was first mentioned in history in 1450, and grew in size after construction of the castle began in 1586.
Today, it is best known for its castle, local beers and brewing, history, churches, and Jewish history.
People Born in Birzai
Birzai in People's Lives
Peter the Great: I traveled here in 1701 to meet with the Polish king, Augustus II the Strong. Though I was at the time considering a war against the Polish, I got along well with the other monarch, and we talked together for three days, also doing quite a lot of drinking. On the third day, we had the brilliant idea of a cannon-firing competition, of which the Polish king was the victor.