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Polish national bard Adam Mickiewicz has a monument erected to him in the centre of Vilnius close to St Anne's Church. Born in Nowogrodek, Mickiewicz was a student of Vilnius University in the years 1815-1819. He was one of the founders of the secret independence movements of Polish and Lithuanian youth, whose aim was to liberate Poland and Lithuania from the Tzarist rule. Arrested for his activity, he spent nearly three years in prison set up in the Basilians' monastery to be deported to Russia in the autumn of 1824. With the help of his Russian friends he managed to leave Russia in 1829 on an English steamer heading for Hamburg. He spent the rest of his life in exile and his great poems and plays are full of longing for his motherland. Mickiewicz is revered both in Poland and Lithuania. His famous epic poem 'Master Thaddeus' starts with an invocation to Lithuania, which every Polish child has to learn by heart. And when I look at the statue I can see him reciting just those words. His writings are all in Polish but we must remember that Poland and Lithuania had been one country for centuries before his birth and suffered together under the Tsarist rule in his times.
Directions: Near St Anne's Church
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