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"Licking ox" Top 5 Page for this destination Vilnius Local Custom Tip by matcrazy1

Vilnius Local Customs: 135 reviews and 161 photos

by matcrazy1

There was a statue put in a niche of front facade of the Vilnius Cathedral (right to the entrance gate). It depicted a wise man (an ancient sage?) reading a book. His left leg was licked by a sitting... ox, yes an ox :-)

By the way, driving around Lithuania I didn't see as many cattle/cows as in Poland.
Update: a month after EU enlargament Polish beef is... 100%! more expensive and... still cheaper than in western Europe.

From Katja (pedersdottir) from Evanston, Illinois, USA:

Each of the saints and apostles is portrayed by an individual symbol. An ox is the symbol for St. Luke, the great physician and Evangelist. The other Evangelists are depicted as follows: your patron, St. Matthew by an angel; St. Mark (think Venice!!) a lion; and St. John, an eagle.

Thank you, Katja :-))

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  • Updated Jun 2, 2004
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