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CHECHNYA - Vilnius

CHECHNYA

Chechnya in Vilnius? Baricades of Parliament defenders in 1991 Review

I was a little bit surprised to see the wooden board decorated with flowers and the inscription "Cecenija" (Chechnya) put on the board fixed to a barricade of parliament defenders in Vilnius.

Well, I don't want to get into any political discussion. No doubts, there are still many areas not so far from Lithuania and in Europe (!) where people still suffer lack of freedom, even wars and... need a lot of support both from foreign governments/institututions and from individuals. People of states incorporated by force (and tragic agreement of Stalin, Roosvelt and Churchill) to the Soviet Union (like Lithuanian) or controlled by Soviets (like Poland) needed a lot of support from more lucky part of the world in not so old past. And that huge help really worked and helped, at least in my country, Poland. Isn't time to support stronger others in need now?


Address: Gedimino prospektas 53, Vilnius

Directions: By western wing of the Lithuanian parliament building. North of Gedimino prospektas at its eastern end, by Neris River, approx. 25 min. walk from the Cathedral Square.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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VILNIUS  PICTURE  GALLERY - ENTRANCE - Vilnius

VILNIUS PICTURE GALLERY - ENTRANCE

Vilnius Picture Gallery and old Italy Vilnius Picture Gallery Review

Vilnius Picture Gallery (Vilniaus paveikslu galerija) was placed in large and renovated but not the most beuatiful building of Vilnius - Chodkeviciai Palace.
Well, if you are interested in the 16th - early 20th century Lithuanian art it's a place for you. Hmm... I found small temporary exposition of photographs of... 19th c. Italy more interested. Check up-to date expositions here

INFO
Hours
Mon and a day over National Holidays: close
Tue-Sat: 12.00am - 6.00 pm
Sun and a day before National Holidays: 12.00 am - 5.00 pm

Admission fee: 5 Lt


Warning: photography was not allowed inside.


Address: 4 Didzioji Street, LT-2001 Vilnius, Lithuania

Directions: From the Cathedral Square walk a few minutes southwards Pilies gatve (Castle Street) to triangle square at its end, continue walk southwards (Didzioji gatve) - the entrance on the left.

Other Contact: +370 (5) 212 42 58

Phone: +370 (5) 212 08 41

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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ENTRANCE  TO  THE  MUSEUM - Vilnius

ENTRANCE TO THE MUSEUM

The Museum of Applied Art Museum of Applied Art Review

I parked my car on small (UNLIMITED TIME and FREE) parking lot located by the Museum of Applied Art (Taikomosios Dailes Muziejus) so the museum was my first target in Vilnius.

THE BUILDING
The Museum was housed in bright white building which was the eastern block of the Old Arsenal - one of the buildings of the Lower Castle at the foot of Gediminas Hill. The original Renaissance edifice was built in the beginning of 17th c. and severely damaged first during war with Russia in the middle of 17th century then by fire during WWII. It was reconstructed and housed the museum since 1987. More: click here.

HOURS
Mon: closed
Tue - Sat: 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Sun and National Holiday Eve: 11.00 am - 4.00 pm


ADMISSION FEE
As I remember well it was 8 Lt for adults and 4 Lt for children.

TEMPORARY EXPOSITION
There was the exposition "The Life of Saint Casimir" when I was there (till 31 Dec 2004) which was not very interesting for me maybe except old (18-19 c.) stone statues of Saint Casimir of which younger ones were painted.


Address: Arsenalo g. 3A, LT-2001 Vilnius

Directions: 5 - 10 min. walk from Cathedral Square: go first northwards then eastwards along the New Arsenal and then the Old Arsenal, the entrance is at the end of the building.

Other Contact: tdm@takas.lt

Phone: (370 5) 2121813

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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WOODEN,  THIN  STATUES - Vilnius

WOODEN, THIN STATUES

Wooden, thin statues Museum of Applied Art Review

The Museum of Applied Art (Taikomosios Dailes Muziejus) was not very interesting for me. There were quite many documents, books, papers etc. in Lithuanian language which I couldn't understand. But I liked characteristic Lithuanian wooden, thin, tall religious statues displayed there.


Address: Arsenalo g. 3A, LT-2001 Vilnius

Directions: 5 - 10 min. walk from Cathedral Square: go first northwards then eastwards along the New Arsenal and then the Old Arsenal, the entrance is at the end of the building.

Other Contact: tdm@takas.lt

Phone: (370 5) 2121813

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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NEW  ARSENAL - Vilnius

NEW ARSENAL

Lower castle is... a palace now Lower Castle Review

Oh, just to make some order there were:

I. The Upper Castle on the top of a hill called Gediminas or Castle Hill or Mountain, just north of the centre/downtown and Cathedral Square (Archikatedros aikste) and south of Neris River,

II. The Lower Castle at the northern and western footsteps of the hill.

Nowadays the Lower Castle consists of a few long buildings which surround the hill from north and west. So, I walked from the northeast to southwest along:


1. Old Arsenal:
- eastern block which housed the Museum of Applied Art (Taikomosios Dailes Muziejus)
- western block which housed the Archeology Exposition "Prehistoric Lithuania" of National Museum of Lithuania and where there was a courtyard and the hidden (yes! - no direction signs there) entrance to funicular train to the top of the Castle Hill (= to the Upper Castle)

2. New Arsenal (on my picture) which housed the exposition "Lithuanian State and Culture History" of National Museum of Lithuania

3. Parts closer to the hill closed to the public (in May 2004) because of huge renovation/reconstruction works.



THE LOWER CASTLE
Well, the name is historical. In real the former, Lower Castle was transformed into elegant Royal Palace in the 16th century. It was the main residence of Lithuania's grand dukes till it was mostly destroyed at the beginning of the 19th century, so only a few buildings survived.


Address: Arsenalo gatve 1-3, Vilnius

Directions: Area north of the old town and northeast of the Cathedral Square (Archikatedros aikste).

Other Contact: muziejus@lnm.lt

Phone: +370-5-262774, +370-5-2629426

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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VILNIUS  CATHEDRAL - Vilnius

VILNIUS CATHEDRAL

White Vilnius Cathedral Cathedral Review

The Vilnius Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika) or the Cathedral of Saint Stanislaus was not the most beautiful cathedral I've ever seen from the outside or rather maybe its Classsical style was not my favourite. Anyway, it was huge, impressive and surprisingly very bright white building completed in 1801 at the place of former gothic, brick church (15th c.) and earlier wooden church (1387).

Well, the interiors of the cathedral with many remains of glorious history of the most powerful country of 16th century Europe were much more interested for me.


Address: Katedros aikste 1, Vilnius

Directions: At the eastern end of Gedimino prospectas, at the northern end of Pilles gatve, south of Neris River, north of the old town.

Phone: 261 11 27

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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THE  FRONT  FACADE  OF  THE  CATHEDRAL - Vilnius

THE FRONT FACADE OF THE CATHEDRAL

Front facade and tympanum Cathedral Review

The most important church of Lithuania, where many Lithuanian dukes were coronated and burried had a very impressive front facade in typical Classical style.

The powerful columns supported classical tympanum. What's that?
Top, triangle-shape area of front facade of ancient Greek and Roman temple was called tympanum and usually was covered by frescos or sculptures. Tympanum (plural "tympani") was often used in quite later architecture styles: Renaissance and neo-clasicism especially, which both partly imitated ancient architecture. I could easy see it in front facade of the Vilnius Cathedral.


Address: Katedros aikste 1, Vilnius

Directions: At the eastern end of Gedimino prospectas, at the northern end of Pilles gatve, south of Neris River, north of the old town.

Phone: 261 11 27

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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ST.  HELEN  ON  THE  TOP  OF  VILNIUS  CATHEDRAL - Vilnius

ST. HELEN ON THE TOP OF VILNIUS CATHEDRAL

Knocked off by Soviets... Cathedral Review

There were three large statues put on the top of facade of Vilnius Cathedral at the beginning of 19th century: of St. Stanislaus, St. Helen and St. Casimir. They survived Russian tsars, German and Polish troops and all uprisings, wars etc. till, hmm... in 1950, the Soviets closed the cathedral, knocked the statues off and destroyed them.

Then, they were reconstructed (from pictures) by sculpturer Stanislovas Kuzma and finally put back on their right places when Lithuania regained independance.


Address: Katedros aikste 1, Vilnius

Directions: At the eastern end of Gedimino prospectas, at the northern end of Pilles gatve, south of Neris River, north of the old town.

Phone: 261 11 27

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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TOP  OF  ST.  CASIMIR  CHAPEL - Vilnius

TOP OF ST. CASIMIR CHAPEL

Walk around Vilnius Cathedral Cathedral Review

Surely I wanted to walk around the Vilnius Cathedral but I could see only its front (western) and southern part. The rest was closed, fenced because of reconstruction works of the nearby Lower Castle.

Anyway, pay attention to
the two large, impressive and almost identical domes located at the back (eastern) corners of the cathedral. They covered:
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the St. Casimir Chapel - real highlight of the cathedral I liked a lot - on its southeastern corner,
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the sacristy/vestry (closed to the public and fenced area now) on its northeastern corner.

This lantern on my picture was put on the top of the dome of St. Casimir Chapel. Nice observation point it had to be.



Address: Katedros aikste 1, Vilnius

Directions: At the eastern end of Gedimino prospectas, at the northern end of Pilles gatve, south of Neris River, north of the old town.

Phone: 261 11 27

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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URSZULA  BY  CATHEDRAL  DORIC  COLUMN - Vilnius

URSZULA BY CATHEDRAL DORIC COLUMN

Thick columns Cathedral Review

The Vilnius Cathedral was and still is the most monumental edifice at this part of our globe, at least in Lithuania and Poland. Its western portal consisted of six very thick (look at my picture) doric columns which supported triangle-shape tympanum.

The cathedral was the most classicistic building in the whole Commonwealth of the Two Nations: Poland and Lithuania.


Address: Katedros aikste 1, Vilnius

Directions: At the eastern end of Gedimino prospectas, at the northern end of Pilles gatve, south of Neris River, north of the old town.

Phone: 261 11 27

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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