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Gediminas Castle, Vilnius, Lithuania

 
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veganbond's pictureby veganbond History & Culture travel tip
added on the 29th of March, 2011
It's one of the most popular symbols of Vilnius and even Lithuania. Howerer, just  one tower survided until our days.  It now houses a museum and an observa-
tion platform. U can enjoy a a wonderful wiew to the Oldtown while there.

 The so called Upper Castle, or Gediminas Castle, was built at the beginning of the 14th century on the site of an earlier wooden one. A century later it was rebuilt and strenghtened. Along with the Lower Castle (now gone) and the defensive wall it formed a powerful defensive system. But slowly itlost its importance and after the damage caused in the war with Russia in 1655, it was left unrebuilt.
After the World War II the best surviving tower was restored.

Address:
Arsenalo 5

Price:
5Ltl for adults, pensioners and school children 2Ltl.


Opening Hours:
May - Sept 10.00 - 19.00 whole week
Oct - April ,Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 to 17.00.


How to get there:
It's located in the heart of Vilnius Old Town.You have to enter the Sereikiskes park from the Cathedral square and the castle is right there on the hill.
There is also a funicular which can take up the hill. In order to take it you should go Arsenalo st. 5 . It doesn't go up from the park I've mentioned.


On the web:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gediminas%27_Tower

 
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