PANAM-SUR 2012
Lithuania
Lithuania
Welcome to Lithuania

Welcome to Lithuania
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Our first of the three Baltic States

Our first of the three Baltic States
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Open-Air museum in Rumšiškės

Open-Air museum in Rumšiškės
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One of the most popular sights in Lithuania

One of the most popular sights in Lithuania
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It shows how rural communities looked like from the 18th century on

It shows how rural communities looked like from the 18th century on
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Our next stop is in Trakai

Our next stop is in Trakai
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Small town and former capital with an impressive castle

Small town and former capital with an impressive castle
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On our way to the Capital

On our way to the Capital
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Vilnius- a vibrant modern city...

Vilnius- a vibrant modern city...
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...with a lot of history

...with a lot of history
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Gediminas Castle- built in about 1230

Gediminas Castle- built in about 1230
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The Gate of Dawn...

The Gate of Dawn...
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...the only remaining gate from the city’s original defensive walls...

...the only remaining gate from the city’s original defensive walls...
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...with the "Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy"

...with the "Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy"
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People from all over the country come here to worship...

People from all over the country come here to worship...
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...or have their children baptized

...or have their children baptized
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The Cathedral with its freestanding belltower

The Cathedral with its freestanding belltower
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Old...

Old...
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and new development in the suburbs

and new development in the suburbs
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Kryžiu Kalnas- Hill of the Crosses 12 km north of the small city of Siauliai

Kryžiu Kalnas- Hill of the Crosses 12 km north of the small city of Siauliai
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Lithuanians used this place to demonstrate...

Lithuanians used this place to demonstrate...
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...their allegiance to their original identity, religion and heritage.

...their allegiance to their original identity, religion and heritage.
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A place of pilgrimage for more than 600 years

A place of pilgrimage for more than 600 years
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Destroyed many times...

Destroyed many times...
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...and leveled at least three times under Soviet occupancy.

...and leveled at least three times under Soviet occupancy.
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Everytime the place came back stronger...

Everytime the place came back stronger...
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...and today there are hundreds of thousands of crosses...

...and today there are hundreds of thousands of crosses...
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...and religous symbols on the hill

...and religous symbols on the hill
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In 1993 the Pope John Paul II came to visit and blessed this hill

In 1993 the Pope John Paul II came to visit and blessed this hill
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On the way to the border

On the way to the border
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Former border buildings- now useless and on the verge of decay

Former border buildings- now useless and on the verge of decay