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    Uzupis - Border sign
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    The mysterious statue

    by evaanna Updated Feb 23, 2013

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    Favorite thing: I came across the photograph of this statue among my friend's pictures and found it intriguing. Who might it represent? A monk? A saint? And why is it situated on the ground and not on a pedestal? I thought it looked very effective as it is, with the man emerging from the wall (gate?) as if marching ahead. Is it a church decoration temporarily placed there for restoration or is this its permanent position? My friend couldn't answer any of my questions and didn't even remember where she had taken the picture. I hope someone will help me solve the puzzle. After all, there are no things VT-ers cannot explain.

    Photo: Barbara Godlewska

    The mysterious statue in Vilnius
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    How to find the objects.

    by Askla Written Dec 20, 2012

    Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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    Post office.

    by Askla Updated Dec 20, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Not a "favorite thing" but where to post it else?
    You will find the main post office at Gedimino prospektas 7.

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    My itinerary in Vilnius.

    by Askla Updated Nov 24, 2012

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    Favorite thing: My tips follows the itinerary I used to see as much as possible in Vilnius during the limited time I had to spend in this beautiful town. I started from the hotel and went all the way to the Gediminas Tower, taking another way back to the hotel again.
    Okey, I admit there are often many tips about churches on my pages but I often find them very interesting and beautiful from an architectural as well as a historical point of view. But I did not visit all the 65 churches there are said to be in Vilnius!!

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    Stuck in the wall

    by penumbra Updated Oct 4, 2011

    Favorite thing: There are tea pots stuck in the wall. I wonder what he could be selling? As you might guess, Gurman’s sells tea and coffee. It’s so much nicer to be engaged by advertising than to have it blasted at you.

    Fondest memory: Perhaps it’s a Lithuanian thing or perhaps just Vilnius. I little ways away I found another wall with articles stuck in it (see second picture). This is “Literary Street” where fans of Lithuanian writers and poets enshrine their favorites.

    Gurman?s tea Literary Street
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    Stebuklas

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 24, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Stebuklas (Miracle) is a special pavement block in the Cathedral Square (Katedros aikste) which bears the word Stebuklas in coloured letters under a glass cover. Unfortunately the glass was a bit cloudy when we were there in 2006. In 2011 we realised that it had been replaced by a Stebuklas made of stone.

    The Stebuklas marks the place where in 1989 the human chain of about 2 million Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians ended. The chain was formed to protest against the Soviet occupation and began in the 650 km far away Tallinn (Estonia).

    If you want one of your wishes come true then stand on the stone, think of the wish and turn clockwise 360 degrees. I haven't tried it, so I can't say if it really works ....

    Directions:
    The Stebuklas can be found in the Cathedral Square (Katedros aikste) somewhere between the Cathedral and the belfry.

    Stebuklas in 2011 Stebuklas in 2006
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    Vilnius by night

    by HORSCHECK Written Sep 24, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Most of Vilnius' churches and main sights are beautifully illuminated at night; especially around the touristy city centre.

    So a stroll in the darkness is highly recommended, especially when the weather during the day was grey.

    Among the well worth seeing buildings at night are first of all the Cathedral and the belfry, but also the St. Catherine's Church, St. John's Church, St. Casimir Church as well as the building of the National Philharmonics are well worth seeing at night.

    Cathedral at night Cathedral at night Cathedral and belfry at night St. Catherine Church at night Lithuanian National Philharmonics at night
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    Belmontas

    by HORSCHECK Written Sep 23, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Belmontas is nowadays a recreation and entertainment centre just outside of the city. In the 14th century this area used to be a mill complex, which was run by French aristocrats.

    All buildings were beautifully restored and now many of them house restaurants, bars or cafes. They are often used for wedding receptions.

    On a stroll along the river and through the adjacent forest one can discover water falls, several bridges, fountains and the historic authenic buildings.

    We visited Belmontas with VT member Raimix who drove us here and also showed us around. At the end of our visit we had a drink and a snack at the Joana Carinova's Inn Restaurant, where I had tasty Potato Pancakes with a bacon crisps sauce for 11,90 Litas.

    Directions:
    Belomontas is situated about 5 km east of Vilnius' city centre, somewhere east of the Uzupis district. As far as I know it can't be reached by public transport, so you have to either go by taxi or have a VT friend who takes you there.

    Website: http://www.belmontas.lt/

    Belmontas Belmontas - Tower Belmontas - Waterfalls Belmontas - My pancakes Belmontas - Sculptures
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    Churches of Vilnius

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 12, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Vilnius is also called "City of Churches" due to the fact that you can find about 40 churches of different architectural styles in the central part of the city.

    On our trip we visited quite a few of these churches. I have listed them under "Things to do", but there were some more churches which we had a quick look at.

    Among them were:

    The Church of the Holy Mother of God is a gothic-style orthodox church which underwent several renovations since its construction in the 14th century. It also served as university building, barracks, warehouse and even a smithery. Location: Maironio gatve 12

    The oldest Baroque Church in Vilnius is the St. Casimir Church which was founded in 1604 by the Jesuits. During the Soviet occupation it was used as the museum of atheism. Location: Didzioji gatve 34

    The white St. Bartholomew Church is a Catholic church which was built in its current style in the early 19th century. It can be found in Vilnius' Uzupis district.

    Church of the Holy Mother of God Saint Bartholomew Church St. Casimir Church
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    Vilnius In Your Pocket: highly recommended

    by CatherineReichardt Written Jun 27, 2011

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    Favorite thing: I have HORSCHECK to thank for introducing me to the 'In Your Pocket' series of tour guides, which we first had the opportunity to 'road test' in Tallinn (when the hotel we stayed in provided a copy of Tallinn In Your Pocket in each room).

    For my money, it's a much more useful travel guide than the Lonely Planet or Rough Guides that we tend to use when we travel. In many ways, it's an unfair comparison, as the 'In Your Pocket' series focus on a single city, and are updated every couple of months, so, as you would expect, it is more current - particularly on events - and can provide information on a wider range of attractions than a regional guide which is only updated every couple of years. Also, you do have to have identified the city (rather than just the country) that you want to visit before the In Your Pocket guides come into their own, so I would suggest using a conventional tour guide for your initial planning and then supplementing this with the more local insight these publications offer.

    For me, the strength of this guide is that it is written by English-speaking writers who are resident in the city. This means that the descriptions are livelier than often awkwardly phrased tourist material which is clearly translated from another language. I also thought that the mix of attractions and events listed was varied and would appeal to a range of interests and ages.

    At present, the In Your Pocket series tends to focus on cities in Central and Eastern Europe, although new titles are continually being added.

    For the Vilnius guide follow this link: http://www.inyourpocket.com/lithuania/vilnius

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  • Genral tips

    by the_chimp Written Nov 11, 2009

    Favorite thing: http://www.frommers.com/community/forum.cfm/europe/lithuania
    http://forum.virtualtourist.com/forum-444288-1-Travel-Vilnius-1-forum.html

    Hi, Here is some info for travelers in Vilnius!

    airport:

    6km from the centre

    The buses that are available at the airport:

        * Bus line no. 1 - Vilnius Airport – Vilnius Central Station
        * Bus line no. 2 - Vilnius airport - City Center - Šeškinė (the north of 
          the city)

    Taxi's are mostly 1,25 LT / If you pick a waiting cab you pay an additional 5 LT. So It's better to call even if they are just in front of you. (phonenumber is written on the taxi's) I know, it's sounds silly, but trust me.

    Information centre

    The best information center you can find in the city hall (didzioji square). It's a seperate entrance

    Uzupis

    This is the artist district. It's a cosy part of the town and well-know.

    bars & clubs

    A nice international bar is "Cafe du paris" owned by a french guy. It's in Pilies Street.

    A nice club is "Woo" with lots of parties.

    A rockbar is Pogo baras. They have often free concerts. It's in Vilniaus Street 12.

    The club which has a lot of stereotype beautiful girls is "Prospekto" in Gedimino Street.

    Also a really nice service organization is www.partyinvilnius.com They offer different day-time activities and guided nightlife with a hostess that takes you to the nicest spots in town. (You can also book accomodation through them)(They also have a list with countries that fly to Vilnius and the airports)

    restaurants

    If you want to eat rather cheap and local dishes. There is a chain called Chili Kaimas. I think normal dishes are between 10 and 30-40 LT (3- 10 EUR)

    For people who like a kebab/pita in a "normal" way: There is one in Traku Street 15.

    If you want to each a national dish. Ask for "Zeppeliniai" or zeppelins. Standard with sour cream, but you can ask other sauces.

    Also really nice is the "pink soup". It's a cold beet soup. It looks strange when you see it, but really tasty!

    Accomodation

    hostels/B&B/cheap hotels : http://www.hostels.com/lt.vi.html

    For all hotels you can go to www.tripadvisor.com > hotels > vilnius

    I hope it's useful. Enjoy the city, It's a wonderful one!

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    The 'Republic' of Uzupis

    by evaanna Updated Oct 29, 2008

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    Favorite thing: As you are about to cross one of the three bridges on the Vilnele, you will notice this sign 'Uzupio Res Publica'. The republic was proclaimed by the local artists in 1997. Every year on April Fool's Day the inhabitants celebrate their 'Independence Day' marching in a grand parade. Like all self-respecting republics, the Republic of Uzupis has its own constitution inscribed in marble on a plaque in Paupio St. Among its provisions you can find the following:
    Everybody has the right to live by the River Vilnele while the Vilnele has the right to flow by everyone', Everyone has the right to die but it is not his obligation', 'Everyone has the right to be idle', 'Everyone has the right to love', 'Everyone has the right to be not loved but not necessarily','A dog has the right to be a dog', 'Everyone has the right not to be distinguished and famous'. I must say I like them a lot, don't you?

    'Uzupio Res Publika' The Angel of Uzupis The Angel of Uzupis and banners for Georgia Uzupio Cafe on the bank of the Vilnele Uzupio St
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    map

    by erikute Written Oct 29, 2008

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    Favorite thing: u can get one for free in the kiosk near train station, and probably at the airport/tourist information if u are flying, no need to buy one, old town is very small. the one that u get at the train station also is a map of public transport, very useful !!

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    What could it be?

    by evaanna Updated Sep 24, 2008

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    Favorite thing: This mysterious object, looking like an iron hook stuck through a stone on wheels, can be found in a street corner near St Michael's Church. We have both been wondering what purpose it might serve as it seems to be or have been a tool to perform some work. But neither of us has the slightest idea what it is or was for. For all we know, it might just have been a joke played on the passers-by. But perhaps you might hit on a better idea?

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    Jacob's Ladder?

    by evaanna Updated Sep 24, 2008

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    Favorite thing: We discovered this statue in Jano St in the Old Town. There was no inscription on it indicating either the author or the name of the statue only a small plaque that we couldn't understand but, as it represents a man standing on top of a ladder and reaching his arms for the sky, it must be Jacob's Ladder. We cannot be sure though as the biblical patriarch Jacob, who saw the ladder connecting the earth with heaven in his dream on his way from Beersheba to Haran, did not really see himself on it, only the angels ascending and descending, thus acting as messengers between God and men.
    Still, it is a lovely statue and I don't see why the author's name should not be inscribed on the plinth or why there should be no mention of it in our guidebook.

    Jacob's Ladder? Jacob's Ladder?
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