Loyalty Traveler Vilnius, Lithuania

Eclectic Vilnius spring

a building with a mural on the side

Vilnius, Lithuania is a city I visited in April 2016 and April 2017. Vilnius is eclectic.

Old Town Vilnius is a place of contrasts with a beautiful church on one street, and on the next street, an abandoned old building, once beautiful, but no longer. Vilnius is a work in progress. Centuries old art all around and compelling new art around the next corner. Graffiti here, philosophy there.

Vilnius is a place I find interesting and gritty. Not scary gritty. More of a decrepit gritty of the old in the process of regeneration into a new form.

I spent a week in Lithuania in June 2018, however, Vilnius was only an airport stop as I was leaving the country after spending the week in Kaunas and Klaipeda.

I put together a 7 minute slide show of photos from Vilnius. No annotations to describe the images.

Some of the many Vilnius sites shown are:

Gediminas’ Tower and views

Gate of Dawn

Užupis – an artistic enclave of Vilnius

Church of St. Anne, Vilnius

Vilnius Cathedral or Cathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Ladislaus of Vilnius

Several other churches and the Choral Synagogue. Choral synagogue is the only remaining active synagogue in Vilnius. There were more than 100 synagogues in Vilnius prior to WWII. Lithuanian Jews numbering about 160,000 at the start of WWII suffered about 90% genocide during the Holocaust.

Literatų Street

Town Hall and Town Hall Square during the film festival (also where Tourist Information located).

Lukiškės Square

Pilies Street/Pilies gatvÄ— Old Town

Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights (former KGB Building)

TV Tower

and various sculptures and murals seen around the city.

a building with a mural on the side