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A June 2003 trip to Vilnius by marif

The Church of the Holy Spirit Photo, Vilnius, Lithuania More Photos
Quote: Feel, taste and touch history. Included in UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1994, the medieval town of Vilnius is the architectural jewel of the Baltic. Discover for yourself an extravagance of historical places and traditional churches which were constructed centuries ago along the narrow atmospheric streets of this medieval town.

Come and have a taste of history

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The Church of the Holy Spirit Photo, Vilnius, Lithuania
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1. Pilies gatve and Didzioji gatve, the two main streets that cross the heart of the Old Town are ideal for a stroll. Don't miss the Russian Orthodox church of St.Paraskevija, in front of which artists display their works of art. 2. The massive classic cathedral on Cathedral square is a masterpiece of architecture. The exhibition housed inside the vaults of the cathedral illustrates the period of its construction and is worth a visit. 3. Climb the path that leads to Gediminas Tower. From here, the view of the Old Town is wonderful. Those more adventurous should climb the Hill of the Three Crosses from where the view is even better. 4. Visit the Mater Misericordiae chapel constructe...Read More

Centro Kubas

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There's no shortage of hotels in Vilnius, but most of these are either concentrated around the train station and the adjoining bus station or are located outside the town centre. In the Old Town, where the atmosphere is great and attractions are within walking distance, hotels tend to be pricey and often fully booked. An exception to this is Hotel Centro Kubas, a new three-star place of accommodation which stands along one of the most atmospheric streets in the capital and yet only a short distance away from Rotuses aikste, the city's most prominent square. Stikliu where Hotel Centro Kubas is located is a 150 metres long medieval street packed with classical buildings which reflect central ...Read More

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Centro Kubas
Stikliu 3
Vilnius, Lithuania
(370) 2660860

A first impression of the Old Town

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Mother of Mercy Photo, Vilnius, Lithuania
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The narrow streets, cobbled alleys, and walkways of the Old Town can best be discovered and explored on foot. A 1km walk starting from Ausros Vartai, the only remaining Old Town gate to the end of Pilies gatve gives you a good orientation of the numerous places of interest and architectural monuments that await you. Ausros Vartai, formerly part of the bastions which circled the Old Town acquired its present appearance at the beginning of the 17th century. Last restored in summer 2002 and painted in shades of grey and stone, it houses a beautiful tiny chapel accessible through a side flight of steps, always busy with visitors pushing their way to get a view of the miraculous icon of 'The Blessed Vi...Read More

A walk along Gediminio Prospektas

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Rotuses aikste Photo, Vilnius, Lithuania
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Don't expect to feel Old Town charm; neither should you expect to see historical buildings and wonderful architecture. Yet walking along Gediminio prospektas gives visitors the opportunity to taste the city's administrative and commercial centre and feel the pulse of the Lithuanian people away from touristic sights and attractions. Before starting our long walk along Gediminio prospektas, walk a couple of metres south in the direction of the University complex to reach Daukanto aikste, the beautiful square partly occupied by the Presidential palace. This building whose current external architecture dates back to 1832 served several purposes, from headquarters of the Governor General of Vilnius t...Read More

A brief historic tour in Lithuania

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Lithuania's National Day which falls on the 6th July commemorates the coronation of Lithuania's former ruler Mindaugas. This period of history which reached its climax in 1253 is considered to be the time when the state of Lithuania was born. In the last two decades of the 13th century when the Teutonic knights ruled vast stretches of land from Germany to Poland's eastern territory, the Lithuanians succeeded by diplomatic efforts and otherwise in stopping the advance of the knights into their country. In the first half of the 14th century, united under Grand Duke Gediminas, the people of Lithuania not only protected their land but extended Lithuania's border south and east towards modern-day Belar...Read More