Dotnuva is a tiny little place, but as you drive through it on the 144 road towards KEDAINAIA you can cannot ignore the massive church that you will pass.Screech to a halt in the wide parking area opposite and prepare to be amazed.Dotnuva Church and Monastery of the Lord Revelation for St. Mary the Virgin (Dotnuvos Viešpaties apreiškimo Švè....more
This wooden cross, on my picture (or better to say its upper part), was put behind the wall surrounded the parish church. Enlarge and notice a small chapel - a statue of a saint with a gable roof above. There are many holy crosses - chapels in Lithuania, esp. in the countryside.more
The parish church in Dotnuva was impressive as for such tiny village. It was put in central point of the village or maybe better to say that the village grew up around the church in the past. Its upper part (towers) was built in Baroque style: rather simple Lithuanian or Baltic Baroque than highly decorated Italian Baroque. The lower part was......more
Imagine that the village started at that place from where I took this picture. A village? Yes. It consisted of tiny houses (many wooden ones) mostly hidden behind green (in June) trees which were put along the Lithuanian highway # 144 Kedainai - Siaulai which were mostly hidden behind green trees. There was a lot of green colour in Dotnuva.more
There was very high holy cross behind the low wall which surrounded the parish church. This wooden statue, on my picture (enlarge), was added to its lower part. Notice typical for Lithuania small gable roof above the statue. Excuse me, I don't know whose statue it was... some medieval VIP (a knight?) with a shield, I suppose.more
There were Roman catholic crosses put on a top of each tower of the parish church and on the top of the middle part of the facade, between the towers, on my picture. There was large Roman catholic cross with a statue of crucified Jesus Christ put there. Well, most Lithuanian crosses had different proportions, they were thinner and higher.more
The only reason of my short stop in Dotnuva was its impressive structure of parish church. I saw first this two white, Baroque towers, on my picture. There were 4 clocks on each of them or better to say the remindings of the clocks. Was there anything (a wall picture or a statue) in niches of the towers in the past?more
There were bus stops located along Highway 144. This one on my picture with a kerb/curb painted in white and black, was located by the parish church. There was a timetable of scheduled buses there. Just in case... there was no ticket office in Dotnuva. Locals bought them at a driver. As I know they were unbelievable cheap :-).more
BY TRAINDotnuva was located on a railway track from Vilnius via Siaulai to Klaipeda on the Baltic sea coast. There were a few trains daily from nearby Kedainiai (9-14 min.). Just in case, check European Train TimetableKeep in mind that trains were mostly slooow in Lithuania. To Dotnuva they went over 1.5 hour from Kaunas, almost 4 hours from...more
I got to Dotnuva by my car. Dotnuva was located along secondary Lithuanian highway 144, on my way from Kedainiai to Siaulai, only 13 km (8 mi) northwest of Kedainiai, 82 km (51 mi) southeast of Siaulai and 57 km (35 mi) north of Kaunas. Highway 144 was of good but not the best quality. There were no lanes marked on it at some parts including just...more
Viconda was the name of a small (not US size), chain food supermarkets in Dotnuva Viconda was the name of a concern, based in the rural town of Kedainiai.
What to buy: Food and drinks - quite good choice although smaller than in larger chain supermarkets like Maxima. Look for local dark bread and honey (if you like).
What to pay: Lower prices than in any Western European country.
These grey buildings, on my picture, were put by large asphalted area opposite to the parish church. This area looked like I were in the Soviet Union, say, 20 years ago. Well, not at all. Remove advertisements of Vikonda supermarket and put there red flags, posters and banners typical for the Soviet Union (Soviet propaganda). Add monument of, say,...more
There was large and empty asphalted area with no lines marked opposite to the parish church. The area and a few grey buildings around looked like in the Soviet Union 20 years before. This structure on my picture was put there. It was typical post-Soviet, neglected, huge, monumental and cement bus shelter. I remember them (similar) from my kiddy...more
I always look for pretty small things driving and walking around in each country I visit. I found such chapels, like this one on my picture, exclusively in Lithuania. Well, there were similar in style roofed chapels in Romania as well, but somewhat different in style and they usually were not topped by a holy cross and never by such sign as on my...more
This date - 1773 - on my picture, was put on front facade of the parish church. There was NO information what happened that time! Was this church built in this year? Probably.That was in times (1569 - 1795) when Poland and Lithuania were united and formed together one state, Polish-Lithuanian Kingdom, called Commonwealth of the Two Nations: Poland...more
The parish church in Dotnuva was renovated recently, like most churches in Lithuania after the Soviet occupation when most churches were closed, devastated, robbed and/or changed to stores, galleries etc. or so called Museum of Atheims. I got to Dotnuva in the afternoon on Saturday and its doors were closed. There was no information, no holy...more
Secondary roads in Lithuania, like highway 144 in Dotnuva, had no hard shoulders. Well, in my country, Poland, many (most?) main highways still doesn't offer such "luxary" for drivers. In Dotnuva there was old, neglected and high (post-Soviet?) kerb/curb instead. Drive carefully. There was speed limit 50 km/h and ban on passing in Dotnuva.more
Luggage and bags:
For walking around Dotnuva, small, city backpack and surely bag for your camera - both water-proof.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable walking shoes preferrably water-resistant: like good trainers or better special walking shoes (one example: Danish Ecco are very comfortable and... expensive but worth the cost).
Sun-glasses esp. in winter and summer and always a rain coat, eventually less comfortable umbrella.
Read info on climate in Lithuania:
Climate of Lithuania
Average temperatures and rainfall in Kaunas, 57 km (35 mi) south of Dotnuva:
Check weather (5-day forecast) for Dotnuva:
Weather Underground for Dotnuva
Photo Equipment: Take as many films as you can or as large memory card as you can - Dotnuva and nearby Kedainiai offered a lot for photography lovers :-). For pictures at night and/or bad light (weather) take a tripod.
Miscellaneous: Do not forget to take BIG SMILE :-) Enjoy!
This picture was taken opposite to the parish church. Just in case you want a coffe there was "kavine" (a cafe) there. It was completely empty area with a few cars parked and no people except one crazy camera-man and his better half. There were no post-Soviet cars parked there but old and very old "western" cars - read: produced in Western Europe...more
Dotnuva looked completely empty when I was there on Saturday's afternoon in June. There were no people walking, no people in a supermarket or a cafe... Finally, I noticed a few people waiting for a public bus, on my picture - off the beaten path. Well, they looked for my crazy camera long time... so, it was not so easy to take them a picture. I am...more