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    St Georges Church

    by stevemt Written May 22, 2014
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    The church of St. George was part of the Bernardine Monastery. The first wooden church was built in 1468. It was replaced by the current brick church in the late 15th century and completed before 1503. It’s been ruined by fire three times, suffered the wrath of the Moscow army during the war of 1656-1659 and then had a bit of a rest during the 18th century before Napoleon turned it into a warehouse.

    During Soviet times, the church was used to store medicine. It was returned to the Friars in 1993 in a pretty shabby condition, and restoration of its outstanding if run-down Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque interior has been slow to say the least. Ongoing restoration work has seen the addition of a new roof although the church itself remains locked for the foreseeable future.

    Restoration was actually being undertaken when I was there, one of the wall paintings was getting some restoration work done on it, painfully slow though.

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    Museum of Devils

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 3, 2014

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    Museum of Devils

    We visited this Museum in August of 1978.
    The museum contains the A. Žmuidzinavièius collection of sculptures and carvings of devils, and a collection of devils from the whole world.

    Opening hours:
    Tuesday – Sunday 11–17; Thursday 11–19.
    Closed on the National Holidays.
    Both with Antanas Žmuidzinavièius Memorial Museum:
    Entrance fee – 6 Lt

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    9th fort

    by Raimix Updated Jan 12, 2014
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    Visiting IX fort was my purpose on the ride to Kaunas. I have heard a lot about it, also many of my friends have been there, so I decided finally to gather group of friends and drive to Kaunas.

    In Tzarist Russia, in the end of 19th century, Kaunas got new fortress. 9th fort was one of the best survived parts of fortress, so now here is museum about history of fort, people, who suffered the regime. During Second World War it was used also as prison, concentration camp for Jewish.

    It is actually scary place, but good to remember history, it is not so long past and not so positive one.

    Entrance to museum is 1,70 euros. You can also visit nice place with massive sculpture.

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    Monastery of Pazaislis

    by Raimix Updated Jan 12, 2014
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    Monastery of Pazaislis is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Lithuania and whole Eastern - North Europe. It was built in 17th and belongs to Baroque style, here it is especially rich, especially in interior details. The architects were Italians Giovani Batista Frediani, fresco were made by Michael Paloni.

    I visited in already for third time, but this time I haven't had possibility to visit it inside, as here is already a museum, and it was closed. Some visitors think it is already off the beaten path, but it is still in Kaunas, of course, in 17th century it was still outside Kaunas.

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    Vytautas the Great Church

    by antistar Updated Nov 28, 2013

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    Vytautas the Great Church, Kaunas
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    As the old town flows down to the Nemunas you find Vytautas the Great Church perched on its north bank. Its precarious location has caused it to suffer from repeated flooding, with a deliberate burning at the hands of Napoleonic troops to just add injury to injury. It's built in the Gothic brick style of several other Kaunas churches, but its towering spire and riverside location make it stand out a little bit above the others.

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    Vilniaus Gatve

    by antistar Updated Nov 28, 2013

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    Vilniaus Gatve, Kaunas
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    This is the main road out of the old town, and for many the first impression they will have of Kaunas's old town centre. The main section starts at the pleasant Laisvės Avenue and finishes at the wonderful old town square. In between are classic examples of Lithuanian houses, as well as the lovely old telephone booths (pictured).

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    Church of St. Michael the Archangel

    by Mikebond Written Jul 4, 2013

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    Church of St. Michael the Archangel

    The Church of St. Michael the Archangel is located at the end of Laisvės alėja. It was built as an Orthodox church in Neo-Byzantine style between 1891 and 1895, when Kaunas belonged to the Russian empire.

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    Monument to Vytautas

    by Mikebond Written Jun 28, 2013

    The monument to Vytautas the Great - the most famous ruler of medieval Lithuania - is located on Laisvės alėja, near the Kaunas city municipality building. It was first erected in 1930, then demolished by the Soviets and finally re-erected in 1990.

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    Ninth Fort Museum

    by Mikebond Written May 24, 2013

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    After having (a, for me, belated) lunch, my hosts took me to a historical landmark: the Ninth Fort Museum, whose construction began in 1902 and was achieved at the eve of WWI.
    From 1924 on, the Fort served as city prison, but it became famous during the first Soviet occupation (1940–1941) when it was turned into a prison of NKVD, from which political prisoners were sent to Soviet camps.
    During the subsequent Nazi occupation, the Ninth Fort served as a concentration camp. It became a museum in 1958.
    The memorial you see in the photos was built in 1984 and dedicated to the victims of fascism at the Ninth Fort.
    Visiting this fort is rather strucking, especially if you go with a guide. Our guide spoke quite good English, so I could easily understand his explanations. However, I wouldn't have found the museum if I had been travelling alone, because it's still a hidden spot.

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    Panorama over Kaunas

    by Mikebond Written May 21, 2013
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    Here you see the potentially breathtaking view over Kaunas. Unfortunately, the sky was dark and cloudy, but panoramas are always beautiful, aren't they?
    The building with a smile depicted on it is part of the local university. I will have to look for the names of the other buildings and the bridge (any help would be appreciated).

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    Pažaislis Monastery - the wood nearby

    by Mikebond Written May 21, 2013
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    After visiting the whole complex of Pažaislis Monastery, my hosts took me to a wood nearby (has it got a name?) where I could see what remained of an old tree. There was also a commemorative landmark whose meaning I have forgotten (and, sadly, I still can't read Lithuanian).
    At the end of this pleasant walk, a beautiful belvedere was waiting for me...

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    Pažaislis Monastery - the museum

    by Mikebond Written May 20, 2013

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    The museum of Pažaislis Monastery is a very interesting jump into the past. It offers a comprehensive look on the past history of this place.
    It is arranged in a very visitor-friendly way, with descriptive panels as you can see from these photos. Oh, yes, the museum is the only part of the monastery where photos are allowed.

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    Pažaislis Monastery - overview

    by Mikebond Updated May 14, 2013

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    Pažaislis Monastery is a magnificent example of Italian Baroque in Lithuania.
    It was founded in 1662 by the Grand Duchy of Lithania Great Chancellor Krzysztof Zygmunt Pac for the Camaldolese Hermits. The church was planned by Italian architects Carlo and Pietro Puttini, and Giovanni Battista Frediani. The towers and the dome were added in 1755.
    The Russian authorities closed the church in 1832 and turned it into an Orthodox church. The church wasn't given back to Roman Catholics until after 1920, and in bad conditions! It was restored by sisters of the Lithuanian convent of St. Casimir.
    After World War II, the Soviet authorities converted the church and monastery into all sorts of non-religious buildings: an archive, a psychiatric hospital and finally an art gallery.
    In 1990s the complex was returned to the nuns of the convent and reconstruction work began, again.
    Today, Pažaislis Monastery is one of the must-see attractions of Kaunas, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be advertised enough. When I was there with my local friends, I saw rather few tourists - and it was June.

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    Pažaislis Monastery - welcome

    by Mikebond Updated May 8, 2013

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    Pa?aislis Monastery entrance
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    The Pažaislis Monastery can be seen from afar thanks to its dome emerging from among the roofs. When you get there, you are "welcomed" by an intimidating gate (see photo).
    Opening times: Monday-Saturday 10-13 and 14-17, on Sundays only for the Holy Mass at 11.

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    Pažaislis Monastery - getting there

    by Mikebond Written May 6, 2013

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    Pa?aislis lake
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    As soon as I met my friends Martynas and Asta at the Kaunas railway station, they took me on a long trip around the outskirts of the city.
    The first stop was at Pažaislis Monastery, one of the most famous in Lithuania, which they had, however, never visited (nice to see that Italians aren't the only who neglect their own treasures...). They were more interested in showing me the lake and the wood nearby, which is also nice as you can see in these photos, but I was keener on seeing the monastery!

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