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St. Anne's Church, Vilnius. According to a legend, Emperor Napoleon expressed a wish to carry the church home with him to Paris 'in the palm of his hand'.
St. Mary's Cathedral, Vilnius, Lithuania, this is my family's church in the "old country".
St. Anne's (Sv. Ono's Baznycia) Church Vilnius, Lithuania
St. Mary's Cathedral, Vilnius, Lithuania. Gorgeous!
Vilnius Cathedral, Lithuania
This is Lithuania's capital and largest city. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania had gained great importance by the 16th century, but the country was then squabbled over for centuries (and occupied, in no particular order and often more than once) by Russia, Poland, France and Germany. It was only with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990 that it regained independence, though occupying Russians briefly tried to retain control by force. This explains why Vilnius is in a hurry to create a new, ultra-modern identity. Between the wars, under Polish rule, less than one per cent of the population was of ethnic Lithuanian origin, so the Lithuanians are determined to create a distinctive city that's all their own. These efforts have been rewarded by the fact that Vilnius will be a European Capital of Culture in 2009. Despite the constant ravages of war, the city has retained a historic centre that's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This large area has diverse architectural styles, though the overall flavour is baroque. Its centre is Cathedral Square, and a stroll from there down Pilies Street to the Dawn Gate (the last remaining fortified city gate) will provide an excellent introduction to the higgledy-piggledy old city. Wander off down narrow side streets and find craftsmen's workshops and intriguing courtyards. Check out some of the 40 churches and 1500 historic buildings. But - after being trapped in a timewarp for decades - there is a new city centre with striking buildings and Vilnius is fast developing the sort of hotels, restaurants, shops and museums expected of a modern capital city. Happily, it's not quite there yet. Despite the undoubted energy that pulses through the place, it still has a slightly old-fashioned feel that is charming. WHEN TO GO unless you like ice fishing (lakes and rivers freeze for the long winter), make this a summer destination. DON'T MISS The view of Vilnius old town from the hilltop Gedimas Tower, the only substantial remnant of the once-mighty 14th century Upper Castle. Europa Tower in the new city centre - at 146 m (480 ft) high it's the tallest building in the Baltic states. The Days of the capital City festival, in September with many cultural activities and the wonderful Francis Handicraft Market in City Hall Square. The Amber Museum and Gallery, showing (and selling) amber containing insects and leaves, and in many unusual colours such as blue, green and black. Vilnius Cathedral, lithuania's spiritual centre, and especially the baroque chapel of St Casimir (built 1623-1636). The Grand Courtyard and other magnificent old buildings at the ancient university of Vilnius. YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a park north of Vilnius containing a monument that is claimed to be at the geographical centre of Europe. Hotels in Vilnius
Waterworld by Daniel Bosma (Groningen, Netherlands) For places like the Netherlands that are at sea level and victims of flooding, living on the water with houses that have adjustable moorings that allow houses to rise and fall with floods is a good solution to their water problem.
Reitdiephaven, Groningen, Netherlands by Daniel Bosma https://www.facebook.com/144196109068278/photos/pb.144196109068278.-2207520000.1419188846./241720919315796/?type=3&theater
Waterworld - Daniel Bosma - (Reitdiephaven, Groningen, The Netherlands)
One of the best days of my life was spent here. Such a beautiful place.
Hoogkerk, Groningen, The Netherlands Waterworld by Daniel Bosma
Groningen Netherlands | Hoogkerk, Groningen, The Netherlands
by Daniel Bosma. Waterworld. Groningen, The Netherlands
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Located in the southeast lithuania, Vilnius is the capital city and is one of the European capitals of culture of 535,091.Vilnius is considered a Gamma global city and it's known for its old town beautiful architecture.
February 19th - Old Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania * Vilnius Cathedral, which dates back to the 14th century, is one of the most dramatic of the capital's more than 40 centuries old churches. The old quarter buzzes with shops, cafes, buskers, and folk artists selling their wares.
The homeland of my paternal grandparents is definitely on my bucket list (Vilnius, Lithuania)
definitely on my bucket list (Vilnius, Lithuania)
on my bucket list (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Vilnius, Lithuania (Lietuva)
Vilnius Lithuania, old town
One of my favorite places to visit in the Baltics is Vilnius. It's a much more chill spot than Riga and Tallinn.
Today ends my one week excursion to Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania, to teach in a human rights program. This was my second trip to the beautiful city, the last time being October 2008 when the State Department sent me here to speak about the presidential elections and American politics. Lithuania is a beautiful but tiny country of 3,000,000 people with rolling hills and dairy farms that remind me of Wisconsin and upstate New York.. It is one of the three Baltic states along with Latvia and Estonia. It is east of Poland, south of Latvia, and north of Belarus. It is an ancient country dating back 1,000 years when at one time it ruled from the Baltic to the Black seas. It was gobbled up by Germany and Russia, achieving independence in 1918, only to be taken over by Russia during WWII. It endured Russian occupation until its independence in 1991. Lithuania is now a stable western-European style democracy. It is a member of NATO, the European Union, and the Council of Europe. It is a progressive, free society. Vilnius, the capital, is a stunning city. Once known as the Jerusalem of the North, it had a large thriving Jewish population until Hitler liquidated them. Between Hitler and then the Soviet KGB, Vilnius and Lithuania faced brutal oppression. The Old Town of Vilnius is rich with beautiful old churches and ornate architecture. It is simply a pleasure to walk the streets and see the people. Lithuania has been in my heart for years. As an undergraduate I took three semesters of Latin. My teacher was from this country. She was the smartest person I ever met and my all-time favorite professor. Reportedly she knew more than three dozen foreign languages. After 2008 I was asked to return and teach. I came this summer to join faculty from France and Lithuania to teach students in human rights. The students came from Lithuania, Belarus, France, Ukraine, and the United States. The joy of teaching here is the contact with so many people from around the world. Experiencing their perspectives on America (we are less relevant to them than we think), understanding their struggles, and seeing how different generations view issues such as human rights. Human rights here are important in a society that had them suppressed for so long. I visited the KGB museum–stood in cells where people were executed. I stood in the spot were executions took place and which, when the Soviets left in the 1990s, they tried to hide by destroying records, painting over blood, and cementing over human bones. Americans complain about government. They think their liberties are abused. They whine they want change. The protest about taxes and injustice. They need to visit Lithuania. This is a country that is stable and did not shutdown–contrary to what happened in Minnesota.