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... late to Vilnius. Instead of stone, brick was used which meant no exterior carvings.
We went inside the Bernardine Church. It was also Gothic in architecture. The high, vaulted interior was austere, very much like the order itself.
We walked past the presidential palace. Eventually a ceremony started re new military recruits. The president of the country took part in it. The aforementioned national anthem was part of the ceremony we saw.
... up their to see where it was an what the place looked like from the outside was the initial aim. I could always change my mind and go inside if I wanted to.
It was a nice sunny day so I followed the river around to the Green Bridge and then turned north to head to the market. I'd memorized the name of the street intersection I was looking for so I'd know when I'd reach the market building and wouldn't have to stand on a dodgy street looking at a map. But as I ...
... upon...(not sure by who) so they had to be a bit subtle about it. One ploy was known as a "wet" cell, it's a standard cell that has a waterproof floor,the floor is then flooded with freezing water. In the middle of the cell is a small platform for the prisoner to stand on, and there they stayed for days on end, and if they fall asleep they fall into the water. The cells are obviously unheated so all in all torture by another name....
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... and now there are only a few synagogues left, however in nearly every street there is a church building so I guess that the Russian had a major problem trying to stamp our any form of religion and replace it by atheist communism.
One church had been turned into a museum of atheism showing what religion and religious thinking has caused in the world (think Spanish inquisition, conquest of Roman Church and Moslims for example) I suppose there is a lot ...
... crowned and blessed by the Pope. Pope had a lot more power in those days, I think.
The Grand Dukes also gobbled up a lot of territory on occasion in that their territory had coasts on both ends, the Baltic Sea on one end and the Black Sea on the other end. In Trakai where I visited today, the Duke had brought back a bunch of Tartars from the Crimea to be ...