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  • 2020-06-11

Monument to Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas



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Grand Duke Gediminas is considered as the founder of the city of Vilnius

Gediminas was a diplomatic politician, creating ties with the Roman Pope and other European rulers. He created favourable conditions for merchants and guildsmen to come to the city

During the time of Gediminas, people of different ethnicities and confessions began to live in Vilnius


All photos are copyrighted by Vladislav B. Sotirovic

© Vladislav B. Sotirovic 2018

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