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Old town details, Vilnius: 14 reviews and 14 photos

by matcrazy1

Vilnius is full of signs of shared history of Poland and Lithuania. The Polish national epic, Adam Mickiewicz lived in this house behind the gate on my picture (in 1832). There was neglected plaque affixed above the gate. Nothing fancy but interested for every Pole as Mickiewicz worked on his poems "Grazyna" and "Dziady part II and IV" there.

Later, in 1834, he published his long poem "Pan Tadeusz". It was portrait of Lithuanian life in the first years of the nineteenth century. You can watch a movie, the costume drama "Pan Tadeusz" directed by Wajda in 1999. Well, the movie was a success in Poland mainly because the great characters played there but... yes, I am a Pole, but I was embarrassed to see the story which put aside Polish differences to prove they're the greatest people, or at least the greatest Slavs. Hmm... Polish megalomania - maybe wanted when Poland and Lithuania were occupied by Russia in 19th century but out of the time nowadays. Wajda is one of the world's best film directors. His movies were awarded La Palme d'Or in Cannes, France, Golden Lion in Venice, Italy and American Academy Award (Oscar statuette) in Los Angeles (Hollywood), USA in 2000.

Who was Mickiewicz?
He was a Pole born in Navahrudak (Polish or Lithuanian town, in Russian Empire that time, in Belarus now - confused?) at the same day as me - 24 December (Christmas Eve) but a few years earlier... well, in 1798. Died in Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey now) in 1855.
He entered Vilnius University in 1815 when he studied history and philosophy. Sentenced to exile in Russia, he had to leave Lithuania forever. More: here.

Where was that house?
I walked from the Cathedral Square I turned left to Literatu gatve (Zaulek Literacki in Polish) and... look at my picture.

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  • Updated Jun 23, 2004
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