Didzioji street, Vilnius
These two lovely, renovated recently buldings on my picture were merchants' houses and formed eastern wall of the Town Hall Square (Rotuses aikste). The building on the left (Didzioji 24), gothic in 16th century was later rebuilt in clasic style. The building on the right (Didzioji 26) was built in gothic style as small merchants' house in 15th century.
This lovely, just renovated house on my picture belonged to Congregation of Holy Trinity (Zgromadzenie Trynitarzy) in the past. As I know this congregation took care of prisoners in the past. The building was built probably in 16th or 17th century and contains elements of gothic, renaissance and clasic style.
There was a bookstore on its ground floor. Get inside to look at or buy some books and first of all to see paintings on its walls (from 1978). By the way the first book in Lithuanian language (catechism) was published in... Kaliningrad, Russia now in 1547.
This building on my picture was Pac's Palace. Michael Casimir Pac was the Grand Hetman of the Lithuanian army. Church of St. Peter and Paul was commissioned in 1668 by him.
To be honest the palace didn't look very special but had great history. Imagine that behind these windows king of Poland and Lithuania Sobieski lived. He commanded troops which won the battle by Vienna against Otoman Turks and saved Europe that way. Add here Napoleon on his way to Moscow in 1812 and Russian tzar Alexander III. Hmmm... the palace was demolished by Russian troops which put their headquarters there in the middle of 19th century.
I think from this place u should start your sightseeng.It's the main street in old town and most of interesting places are here.
This street was previously an important route was leading through from the capital to the famous castles of Lithuania such as Medininkai.