I was walking nearby Siauliai train station and in one yard I have found nice old model of locomotive. Actually it was a part of railway museum exhibition.
Museum was founded in 1971, commemorating 100 years jubilee for Siauliai railway station. It is mentioned, that old locomotive is the biggest museum’s exhibit.
Sundial and Golden Boy
Monument was built at 1986 for 750th city’s anniversary. It consisted of three works of different artists. Saulys (Archer or also called “Golden Boy”) stands on pole. Around pole it is a form of clock with numbers 12, 3 and 6. Number 9 is missing. These numbers, if you put them near each other means the first mention of Siauliai city (1236). Naturally, that entire place is used as sundial.
Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul
Renaissance cathedral with long spire could be called the landmark of Siauliai, visible from far away and represented at Siauliai souvenirs, postcards, and so on. It is a structure of beginning of 17th century, later almost not changed in its form.
There is a nice inner yard around Cathedral. On one wall if Cathedral is small sundial is located.
Zubovai palace was a home to famous Zubovai family, which made in Siauliai lot of positive changes – bringing more commerce and trade here, improving educational level. Now this building belongs to the Faculty of Art of Šiauliai University.
Vladimiras Zubovas (1862-1933) was a noble man, revolutionist; he was interested in agriculture, farming, and publishing of Lithuanian books.
Palace itself was constructed not all at one time. First floor was built at end of 18th century as classicistic, later other two added and fully finished at 1875.
Didzdvario gymnasium is locates in Vilniaus street, so-called boulevard, from time, when it was built (1898) it was gymnasium of girls. The gymnasium looks like a palace; the architecture is interesting, as, like it was written, classes are planed at almost tetragon form.
It was not always used for learning, at World War I Germans used it as military hospital.
Museum suits for bicycle lovers and not only, as means of transportation are important for everyone. Museum is located at main Vilniaus street, not so far from museum doors you could find bicycle sculpture. Here is shown chronological way of bicycle development – bicycles as old wooden machines, tricycles, newer soviet bicycles, some strange projects of them.
As I know, there is possibility to take a guide, I think with this service it would be much more interesting to visit museum.
St. George's Church
This, former Orthodox Church was built in 1909 in neo-Byzantine style. It was used for Russian soldiers mostly, as that time Lithuanian land was under Tsarist Russia occupation. Later land got control of independent Lithuania and in 1923 was changed into Catholic Church. At soviet time, as it happened for most worship, building was used for other purposes – as storage, so on.
Now it is Catholic again, but actually still looks like Russian one. Interior is worth visiting.
I think everyone knows this,and I don´t usually write so similar tips,but this really is so different place,that I decided to write anyway.
Many Finns visit here during the drive to Europe.It is unbeliveable place.
At last counting they had allmost 15000 crosses(if the Finnish pages are right).
You really should visit here,if you are anywhere near.
St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Siauliai
St. Apostles Peter and Paul's Cathedral (17th century) is in the central part of the city. It is the building of the Renaissance style which has many characteristic elements of the mediaeval building.
- Historical Travel
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Shooter or Boy of the Sun, Siauliai
Sundial Square and a beautiful bronze Shooter sculpture (sculptor St. Kuzma) standing in the middle of the square unite the three town symbols: Sun, that reminds us of Sun battle, Shooter and Time that has passed from the day when the name of the town was mentioned for the first time.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
Hill of Crosses
In my opinion this is one of the most interesting places in Lithuania. It's really worth visiting even if you are coming to Lithuania just for few days. And no matter if you are religious person or not you will have to admire how strong people are in their belief to God. And remember: from 1945 to 1990 freedom of worship did not existed in Baltics. Of course, there were no restrictions to visiting churches (some were closed though), but at least in Latvia if you were young and openly religious you were thought as crazy from all elite and largest part of young people. There was constant war on religion from government and youth activists and propaganada of atheism was very succesfull. So, you had to stand strong against very intense brainwashing.
There are few wooden sculptures near Sts Apostles Peter and Paul’s Cathedral. They are telling the story of Lithuania converting to Christianity. In one of these sculptures are Vytautas (one of Lithuanian 14th century rulers, he was baptized in Christianity) and Vaidila (pagan priest) and encryption in Lithuanian: the fire of pagans was smothered by the light of the cross.
When walking through Siauliai you will see a lot of modern monuments, especially along Vilniaus. Some of them like the pelicans are real landmark and therefore focussing points. Others are more commercial being more an advertisment to a nearby shop.
Grandfather and his grandchildren
This popular sculpture by B. Kasperaviciene created in 1976 is beside a busy bus stop. It is one of the most charming statues in Siauliai. It is on the list of Lithuania's cultural monument of local significance.
Didzvaris Grammar school
Originally built between 1846 and 1857 it was a parish-owned girls school with boarding house. In 1947 one part had to be rebuilt and these days it's for girls and boys. In 1994 the grammar school celebrated its 100 year jubilee.
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