ladies and gentleman welcome to Lithuania!
well beside the nice and beautiful ladies you can find, here's are few things and places you should do and visit, see and read about that lovely country:
Vilnius - the capital of Lithuania is the biggest town and most popular sight in Lithuania - the cultural, historical and economical place attracting people from all over the world. The first known written record of Vilnius as the Lithuanian capital is known from Gediminas letters in 1323. Vilnius is a cosmopolitan city with diverse architecture. In Vilnius Old Town architecture are combined different styles - gothic, clasicism, baroque, renesaince. There are 65 churches in Vilnius. Like most medieval towns, Vilnius was developed around its Town Hall. The main artery, Pilies Street, links the Royal Palace with Town Hall. Other streets meander through the palaces of feudal lords and landlords, churches, shops and craftsmen's workrooms. you can also find the Jewish Heritage sightseeing of the famous city of Vilnius once called Jerusalem of Lithuania. it takes you to the streets of the former Ghetto area with its monuments to the victims of the Holocaust, the Jewish Cemetery with the mausoleum of the world renowned Gaon Rav Eliyahu and the tombs of the last Vilna rabbis alongside the victims of the ghetto
Trakai is one of the oldest Grand Duchy of Lithuania residence and capitals. This small town is located 28 km from Vilnius, it is most famous for its 15th century insular castle housing an exhibition on prehistoric findings and the 17-18th century applied art, the way of life of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the Karaites, brought to Lithuania from the Crimea. Also Trakai are famous for the traditionakl Caraims dish - kibinai. Those who comes to Trakai definetaly must visit Trakai Insular Castle and taste Kibinai.
The village located on the banks of the river Neris(35 km from Vilnius) has been known as the capital of Lithuania before Trakai and Vilnius. Archeological excavations uncovered a medieval settlement dating back to the 12th century. Kernave’s Archaeological and Historical Museum/ Reserve contains several precious exhibits. In Kernave you will be able to climb 5 mounds and enjoy a superb breath- taking view of the river valley graced by the bends of the river Neris. Few great traditional events are held in Kernave every year: on 23d of June - ‘Midsummer’s day’ - with the night fires on the mounds, traditional dances and songs, and on the 5th – 7th of July - ‘Days of live archeology’ - showing re-created handicrafts, life style, heritage of a spiritual culture of the early middle ages.
The Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dunespit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia and it’s northern within southwestern Lithuania. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by the two countries. Since 2000, the Curonian Spit has been on UNESCO's World Heritage List under cultural criteria "V" (an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture [...], or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change).
THE HILL OF CROSSES-
The Hill of Crosses is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fortafter the 1831 Uprising. Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of theVirgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.On September 7, 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the Hill of Crosses, declaring it a place for hope, peace, love and sacrifice.
Kaunas is second biggest town in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. Kaunas is located at the confluence of the two largest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris and near the Kaunas Reservoir, the largest body of water entirely in Lithuania. Kaunas has many interesting places to visit: main pbjects are in the Old Town of Kaunas: the Kaunas Castle - a 14th century fortification, Vytautas Church - one of the oldest churches in Lithuania and the oldest church in Kaunas, Kaunas Cathedral Basilica, Pažaislis Abbey - impressive complex of baroque style, House of Perkūnas, M. K. Čiurlionis Art museum - he is one of the famoust composer of Lithuania , Kaunas Fortress, one of the largest defensive structures in Europe, occupying 65 km2 (25 sq mi), a 19-20th century military fortress, which includes a Holocaust and Ninth Fort, Napoleon's Hill, Kaunas Town Hall and many more.
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