Vilnius Sights, part 2

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In our first full day in Vilnius, Don and I took a stroll across the Neris on the Green Bridge (this is a view to the west)....


 
 

...to arrive at the Lithuanian Genocide Victims' Museum.  It was a very powerful experience to see the places where Lithuanians were put through terrible tortures by the KGB all the way up to 1991 (although the worst took place under Stalin).   The water cells and the execution room will make your blood run cold.  On a more prosaic note, the museum guides are very helpful and the taped tour is clear and complete. 

After that, it was definitely time to see the Frank Zappa memorial sculpture.  The Lithuanians have a sense of humor and irony (the sculptor created busts of Lenin and Stalin before 1991) which I appreciate.

Next, we climbed up Gedimino kalnas on a steep cobblestoned path to Gediminas Tower, the original 14th century fortress that defended the city.  The top of the tower gives you a fantastic panoramic view of Vilnius, as can be seen on the next page.  One hint coming back down:  there is no shortcut....

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Last Updated: 22 June 2002
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