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Had a couple of days to kill last week so decided to spend it in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, a former satellite state of the former USSR. A beautiful, if small, city with resplendent architecture from several periods and colourful rendering typical of buildings in Central and Eastern Europe. Most of the main points of interest were conveniently situated within walking distance of each other in the Old Town and the warren of narrow, cobbled streets were easy to navigate. The focal point of the city has to be the imposing Cathedral with its Bell Tower and statue of the Grand Duke Gediminas outside. From here a walk up Pilles Street would become a detour down a small alley, finding my way to visual treats such as St Anne's and Bernadine Church, a stunning example of both Flamboyant and Brick Gothic architectural styles. Back up Literatu Street, displaying artworks mounted on the walls, and around a corner to find the House of Signatories, where Lithuania's Act Of Independence was signed. The Presidential Palace was fairly ordinary but further down, past several more beautiful churches, is the Town Hall Square, and a short walk past that is the Gate Of Dawn, a city gate and one of the country's most significant cultural and historical monuments. Great views of the city can be had from several viewpoints, the most popular of which is probably Gediminas Hill. Alas it was closed for renovation during my visit and so I soaked in the city skyline under a hazy cloud cover from the Hill Of Three Crosses nearby.Being time limited, I managed to get some dusk shots of Gediminas Hill and Mindaugas Bridge, as well as the Cathedral. The second day was spent at the castle complex at Trakai and I shall present photos from there in another post. Seeking out authentic Lithuanian cuisine meant a farmer's meal of meat accompanied by a lot of potatoes and dumplings, but a tasting menu and several courses at Dublis Restaurant was a touch more sophisticated. Of course there is no shortage of museums to explore, and even catacombs within the Cathedral complex, but having limited time I visited only the Holocaust Exposition, a harrowing account of the murder of the majority of Lithuania's Jewish community during the Second World War.  Vilnius is an impressive little city to kill some time in, extremely clean and well kept and presenting its aesthetic in an abundance of colour and style. I enjoyed it.As ever, these images were processed in my usual postcard style and shot with the Olympus E-M5 and 12-40mm F/2.8. 

Mar 13, 2017

Postcards From Vilnius

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Had a couple of days to kill last week so decided to spend it in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, a former satellite state of the former USSR. A beautiful, if small, city with resplendent architecture from several periods and colourful rendering typical of buildings in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Most of the main points of interest were conveniently situated within walking distance of each other in the Old Town and the warren of narrow, cobbled streets were easy to navigate. The focal point of the city has to be the imposing Cathedral with its Bell Tower and statue of the Grand Duke Gediminas outside. From here a walk up Pilles Street would become a detour down a small alley, finding my way to visual treats such as St Anne's and Bernadine Church, a stunning example of both Flamboyant and Brick Gothic architectural styles. Back up Literatu Street, displaying artworks mounted on the walls, and around a corner to find the House of Signatories, where Lithuania's Act Of Independence was signed. 

The Presidential Palace was fairly ordinary but further down, past several more beautiful churches, is the Town Hall Square, and a short walk past that is the Gate Of Dawn, a city gate and one of the country's most significant cultural and historical monuments. 

Great views of the city can be had from several viewpoints, the most popular of which is probably Gediminas Hill. Alas it was closed for renovation during my visit and so I soaked in the city skyline under a hazy cloud cover from the Hill Of Three Crosses nearby.

Being time limited, I managed to get some dusk shots of Gediminas Hill and Mindaugas Bridge, as well as the Cathedral. The second day was spent at the castle complex at Trakai and I shall present photos from there in another post. 

Seeking out authentic Lithuanian cuisine meant a farmer's meal of meat accompanied by a lot of potatoes and dumplings, but a tasting menu and several courses at Dublis Restaurant was a touch more sophisticated. 

Of course there is no shortage of museums to explore, and even catacombs within the Cathedral complex, but having limited time I visited only the Holocaust Exposition, a harrowing account of the murder of the majority of Lithuania's Jewish community during the Second World War.  

Vilnius is an impressive little city to kill some time in, extremely clean and well kept and presenting its aesthetic in an abundance of colour and style. I enjoyed it.

As ever, these images were processed in my usual postcard style and shot with the Olympus E-M5 and 12-40mm F/2.8. 
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Cathedral Square.

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St Anne's and Bernadine Church.
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Pilles Street, looking towards Gediminas Hill.
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Pilles Street, looking towards Gediminas Hill.

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Pilles Street.

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Literatu Street.
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House Of Signatories.
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House Of Signatories.

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Presidential Palace.
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Orthodox Church Of St Paraskeva.
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Orthodox Church Of St Paraskeva.

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Orthodox Church Of St Nicholas.
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Orthodox Church Of St Nicholas.

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Town Hall Square.
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Gate Of Dawn.
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Gate Of Dawn.

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Stikilu Street.
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Stikilu Street.

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Colourful buildings on Liejyklos Street, with the Hill Of The Threes Crosses in the distance.
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Colourful buildings on Liejyklos Street, with the Hill Of The Threes Crosses in the distance.

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Hill Of The Three Crosses.
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Hill Of The Three Crosses.

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View From The Hill Of Three Crosses towards Gediminas Hill and Tower.
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View From The Hill Of Three Crosses towards Gediminas Hill and Tower.

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Cathedral and Bell Tower at dusk. 
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Cathedral and Bell Tower at dusk. 

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The National Museum at the base of Gediminas Hill.
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The National Museum at the base of Gediminas Hill.

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Lithuanian cuisine. Lots of potatoes!
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Lithuanian cuisine. Lots of potatoes!

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Chefs preparing the tasting menu in Dublis.
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Chefs preparing the tasting menu in Dublis.

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SarunasMar 13, 2017 01:25 PM

I was in Vilnius at the same time as you were. And I visited roughly the same places. But obviously you saw a much more beautiful city than I have. These pictures are absolutely stunning.

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