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The Church of St. George the Martyr

The Church of St.George the Martyr in Vilnius was built in 1506 for the Carmelite monks who had settled in the Radziwiłł Estate and for whose maintenance Vilnius Voivode Michael Radziwiłł allotted land and funding as well [...]

Residential Palace at Trakai Island Castle

The residential palace of Trakai Island Castle is comprised of two parallel corpuses that were joined by walls, as well as a defensive tower (dungeon) in the front. Shooting slots are created in the upper level of the tower and both corpuses [...]

Lithuania – Geographical Center of Europe

In 1992 the French National Geography Institute carried out new calculations, according to which, the geographical centre of Europe is located 25 km to the North from Lithuania's capital Vilnius [...]

Bailey of Trakai Island Castle

Baily (courtyard) of Trakai Island Castle. The castle was built from the beginning of the 14th century to the beginning of the 15th century on three islands: swampy areas were filled with rock and gravel in order to create one single island [...]

Karaites of New Trakai

Upon returning from battle in the Crimea, Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas settled the Karaites, both soldiers, and civilians (a total of 383 families) in a free area of the town of New Trakai between the two castles (the Peninsula Castle and the Island Castle) in 1398 [...]

Simonas Daukantas Courtyard at Vilnius University Old Campus

The courtyard is named after the author of the first history books of Lithuania written in the Lithuanian language. The first book on the history of Lithuania "The Deeds of Ancient Lithuanians and Samogitians" was written by Simonas Daukantas (1793-1864) in 1822 while he was still studying at Vilnius University [...]

The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The first brick constructions of the palace are from the turn of the 14th century. In the 16th century, Lithuanian Grand Duke and King of Poland Sigismund the Old reconstructed the buildings in the magnificent Renaissance style and designed the residence. The palace gained Early Baroque features after the reconstructions in the 1630s [...]

Island Castle of Trakai

The castle, built on an island in Lake Galvė, is a unique Gothic defensive complex, able to be reached only by bridge, and which was never overtaken by enemies [...]

Vilnius University Est. 1579

The Catholic Vilnius University was established by the Jesuit Order in 1579 when on April 1st, the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Stephen Bathory issues a royal charter recognizing the Jesuit College into a university. The Old Campus of the university has 13 courtyards [...]

Monument to Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas

The monument is a work of sculptor V. Kašuba in 1996. It is located in front of the Royal Palace and Cathedral Basilica in the very downtown of Vilnius. Gediminas was a Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from 1316 to 1341. He is the founder of the Gediminian-Jagelonian ruling dynasty of Lithuania and later of Poland as well (till 1572) [...]

Church of St. Anne

The Church of St. Anne in Vilnius is probably the most famous building in the city. It is a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic, nearly unsurpassed in the world. The church is a unique monument of red firebrick Gothic architecture in Lithuania. 35 different kinds of brick were used help in creating the church. The Church of St. Anne is symmetrical, marked by graceful, pointed forms that continue upward [...]

Lakes of Trakai

30 km west of Vilnius the town of New Trakai, its reconstructed immense Lake Galvė Island Castle, and the surroundings, including Old Trakai and 32 lakes, are protected within the Trakai Historical National Park, established in 1991 [...]