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    A kind of roof and Mass schedule

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 16, 2004

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    ROOF  ABOVE  THE  PULPIT

    This is higher part of a pulpit of parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia) on my picture. It formed a kind of roof above the pulpit.

    Just in case you want to see or attend the Holy Mass theMass the schedule was the following:

    Mon - Thu: 8.00 am, 7.00 pm;
    Saturday and Friday: 10.00 am, 7.00 pm;
    Sunday: 8.00 am, 10.00 am, 12.00 am, 7.00 pm.

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    Water tower

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 23, 2004

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    TOP  OF  WATER  TOWER

    From each point of Lazdijai I could easy see high structure: cement, thick column topped by a kind of disc shape structure like on my picture. It was not air traffic control tower (no airports there) but water tower. It provided water pressure by positioning a large container for water on top of a tower-like structure.

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    Like in the Soviet Union

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 23, 2004

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    SOVIET  STYLE  MONUMENT

    There was this monument, on my picture, in the middle of the main town square (Nepriklausomybes aikste). The inscription on a plaque fixed to that monument was in Russian. Was it the monument to Soviet Army, soldiers or what?

    I saw similar squares and monuments in all (most) towns of the former Soviet Union I visited in 70' and 80' (western Ukraine). Well, there were often Lenin monuments there... and those squares were usually the only ordered parts of towns (add here area of local communist party headquarters): with green, mown lawns with some colorful flowers, painted (!) benches etc. Soviets didn't like any paint, except maybe red paint on some huge communist posters.

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    Outdoor chapel and Romania

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 23, 2004

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    OUTDOOR  CHAPEL

    This wooden, outdoor chapel, on my picture, was put just by parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia). Hmm... it was not my favourite kind of architecture, a little bit kitschy in my opinion.

    Some elements of that chapel (columns, roof) remainded me some chapels I was lucky to see in... Romania. But definetely not that statue in the middle: Christ as the Man of Sorrows.

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    The pulpit

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 23, 2004

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    PULPIT

    I paid attention to highly decorated and beautiful pulpit in a parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia). It was hang on supporting column on the left side of the central nave.

    The pulpit consisted of the two parts: lower part from which the priest used to speak to the worshippers and seperate higher part which formed a kind of roof above.

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    Main altar

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 23, 2004

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    MAIN  ALTAR

    The main and the only altar of parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia) was located at the end of central nave and it was decorated with paintings and statues of saints.

    The altar wasn't unique in any way. Instead, I paid attention to large crystal chandeliers below flat ceiling of the church.

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    Unique interior

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 23, 2004

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    SV.  ONOS  BAZNYCIA

    The renovated recently interior of the parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia) was a little bit unique. First of all the ceiling was flat and the interior was surprisingly low, at least as for a church. It consisted of relatively wide central nave and two very narrow side aisles. The last ones are usually much wider in christian churches. The shape of interior simply looked more like of palace than of church.

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    Parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 23, 2004

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    PARISH  CHURCH

    This two-tower church (Sv. Onos Baznycia), on my picture, stood in the centre/downtown of Lazdijai.

    However, this church was not that much interesting for me as there were very many similar churches in my country, Poland. Anyway, it was the only a must see old building I found in Lazdijai's centre/downtown.

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    Typical buildings

    by matcrazy1 Written Jul 19, 2004

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    TYPICAL  BUILDING

    Except ugly, large appartment buildings there were smaller houses like that one on my picture in centre/downtown of Lazdijai. They didn't look pretty, either. Their walls, even if painted, were usually less or more damaged and the houses simply didn't look clean.
    I paid attention to quite large satellite antenna on the second floor. Didn't they have any cable TV in Lazdijai?

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    Town Hall and the Soviet Union...

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 18, 2004

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    TOWN  HALL BUILDING

    The grey building of Lazdijai Town Hall, on my picture, and the area around (main town square - Nepriklausomybes aikste) reminded me towns of former Soviet Union I had seen in 70' and 80' in western Ukraine.

    It was typical example of (un)famous architecture of grey, poor quality and neglected buildings easy to be found over half of our globe (former Soviet Union and its former "satellites" incl. China).

    Well, there were many differences: the street was not that bumpy and not covered by tons of water and mud, the cars were old but western European, there were almost no Wolga, Moskvich and Zsiguli (Lada), there were no heavy and dirty Soviet trucks (Zis, Zil) and finally there was no policeman (miliceman that time) in front of the building to check up my passport and interview me what, why, for what etc.?

    Conclusion: Lithuanian towns although were similar at some places to former Soviet Union (like towns in other post-Soviet countries) changed very much in recent over 10 years :-).

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