Gediminas Tower



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Upper Caste’s Gediminas Tower (14th century) with the Royal Palace of Lithuania (the Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania, 16th century). Today, it houses a museum and an observation deck from which it can be seen a beautiful panorama of the city from the 75 m. high perch

The museum exposition features plans of castlereconstruction as well as armaments

Gediminas Tower with the Lithuanian tricolor flag became a symbol of Lithuania. Gediminas Tower is a Western tower of the Higher Castle of Vilnius with an octagonal plan, stone foundations, and mainly brick walls built in the Gothic manner


All photos are copyrighted by Vladislav B. Sotirovic

© Vladislav B. Sotirovic 2018

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