"Grand duke Gediminas' town - Vilnius." Vilnius by Askla

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You might already have heard the legend about why Gediminas founded Vilnius at the site he actually did, but in case you haven't.....here it is:
Gediminas had been out hunting. Instead of riding all the way home to his castle in Trakai, 28km away, he decided to rest overnight on the neck of land where the two rivers Neris and Vilnia interconnects. During his sleep he had a dream in which an enormous wolf showed on the mountain above the camping-ground. The next day Gediminas asked his priests what could be the meaning of the dream. They said it meant he should build a town on top of the mountain where he had seen the wolf. They also said that the town would be widely known and last longer than the howling of ALL wolfs in the world.
Gediminas took their advice and built his capital.

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