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    BAROQUE DOTNUVA CHURCH
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    16th century church

    by js77 Written Feb 23, 2007
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    This is very nice church (Sv. Kryziaus Atradimo baznycia - in Lithuanian). Not perfectly restored, but maybe it is even better. You can feel it's really old. There are some wooden sculpures in the garden around the church - the same kind you can see in Siauliai.

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    Old civilisation and lifestyle

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    BY A WATER WELL
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    Generally the town of Seduva looks like an old and large village where time stopped long time ago. I stopped my car by the church took a short walk around the town. I've seen many neglected, old little houses, rarely wooden, mostly brick. Their yards were sometimes messed, full of various old items, sometimes pretty set up with flowers and trees.

    I was surprised to see a local woman using old water well. She washed clothes with hands and dry them outdoors on the string. Well, probably the water from the well in contrast to tap water is for free. Another water well, I have seen by the parish church, has been out of use for years.

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    New civilisation comes

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    COMMUNICATION TOWER OVER SEDUVA
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    I have seen first signs of incoming modern civilisation in Seduva. In 2004 the town skyline was dominated by old church towers but also by new metal communication tower with antennas put on the top. Well, my Polish mobile phone worked quite well on the whole territory of Lithuania.

    The new modern motel and gas/petrol station located at the edge of the town are the next well seen signs of the changes which come to Seduva. I have also seen some, new and modern houses built in the town.

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    Architectural details

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    LOCK OF THE FRONT CHURCH DOOR
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    The Dotnuva Roman catholic church was built on a Latin cross plan in Baroque style with some renaissance elements. I've paid attention to a few architectural details (open my next pictures, please).

    The main entrance is decorated with classical (Renaissance) portico. The front door is equipped in old, large, metal lock. There is typical for Lithuania stone information plaque put on the wall by the entrance which gives two dates: 1640 (probably the beginning of construction) and 1804 (?). The wall surrounding the church is made of a few different layers of stones. There are white, simple, windowed chapels put along the wall. Maybe they contained pictures depicting the Stations of the Cross in the past.

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    Graves and religious persecutions

    by matcrazy1 Written Mar 19, 2006

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    GRAVE FROM 1898
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    The Seduva parish church is fenced by a stone wall with Baroque gate on the southern side. Behind there are a few both old and new graves, mainly of the parish priests. Keep in mind that on this earth the church was heavily persecuted since 1917 till 1990 (except in 1922 - 1940) and all those burried priests had to be persecuted as well. Since 1917 the churches were closed and religion banned.

    I've got to know that one of the most famous Lithuanian priests, archbishop Teofilius Matulionis (1873 - 1962) spent his last four years in Seduva parish. Matulionis who refused to spy on his fellow priests for the Soviet authorities was persecuted and many times imprisoned and exiled for ten years to an area near the White Sea.

    Well, I am not crazy about religion, any religion but I hate religious intolerance and have a lot of respect for people who living in very hard times were brave enough to fight to preserve one of the basic human rights - freedom of religion.

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    50 years of Soviet occupation

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    STONE MONUMENT
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    There is a stone monument by the parish church wall. The commemorative plaque put on it is written in Lithuanian language which along with Latvian is one of two living Baltic languages. As it sounds quite different than my native Polish, I basically couldn't understand the writing except a few words: "Sovietines komunizmo okupacijo" which should mean "communist Soviet occupation."

    Well, the Lithuanians like Estonians and Latvians commonly use the therm "Soviet occupation" not "incorporation into the Soviet Union" to name the period when the Baltic states were the Soviet "republics" in 1940 - 1990. Nowadays, all serious western historicians in contrast to some ashamed politicians (the United States and Britain agreed in 1940' Lithuania to be occupied by the Soviets) agree that it was the Soviet occupation.

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    Wooden statues-chapels

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    STATUE OF SITTING JESUS CHRIST
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    There are a few religious, wooden statues put outdoors on a lawn around the Seduva parish Roman catholic church. The statues are high and thin, each with a kind of wooden little roof topped by the one or more holy crosses.

    The one shows the sitting Jesus Christ, the other shows the dates 1387 and 1987 and was put up for 600th anniversary of the christianisation of Lithuania. They look like little chapels and are typical for area covered in the past by Grand Duchy of Lithuania (Lithuania, the whole Belarus and part of Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Russia).

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    Original Soviet car

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    ORIGINAL SOVIET ZSIGULI (LADA)
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    I didn't know Seduva, so I drove the main street towards the well seen church towers. I had to turn left to reach the church. The pretty cobbled and empty street along the church is lined with row of old trees which thick trunks are painted in white (open my next pictures).

    There was one old car parked in front of the church: original, green Soviet Lada called Zsiguli in former Soviet Union in contrast to different, better (but still poor) quality Lada produced for export. I am enough old to remember Zsiguli's countries from 70' and 80': especially the Soviet Union, Hungary and Bolgaria. Really, brilliant example of the best quality of powerful state of ever lasting happines which ruled over half of our globe ;-).

    I felt a bit like on the Moon being for sure the only one visitor in empty and lazy town. It seems that time stopped here long time ago.

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    Main street

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    MAIN STREET OF SEDUVA
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    First of all I was shocked to see completely empty streets with no pedestrians, no traffic and no cars parked along. I felt a bit like on the Moon being for sure the only one visitor in empty, silent and lazy town.

    There are 2-floor residential buildings built of little white bricks with gabled roof along the main street. They looked pretty only from a distance. When i walked closer I could easily see how neglected they were.

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    Church (1642)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    BAROQUE DOTNUVA CHURCH
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    The pretty renovated Baroque church dates back to 1642. Two years later Seduva received the Magdeburg charter and town coat of arms. Seduva was a royal estate in the 16th century, probably due to its location on the way from central Lithuania to Latvia in the north, that was from Krakow, the capital of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth towards its northern fiefs and dependencies: present day Latvia and Estonia (map here).

    The first wooden church was built in Seduva in 1529. The present day church had some renovations and extensions in 1905.

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    Windmill

    by js77 Written Feb 23, 2007

    Nothing extraordinary, but if you have come to Seduva, you can walk to the windmill. By the way, there is a restaurant inside.

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