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Comment: Closeup of some decorations at the entrance of Saint Catherine's church.
BusMalinMiranda * Here are we on the bus from the airport to our hotel. We did not have any idea were our hotel is but thanks to some friendly people on the bus , we found it easily. The bus was literally crammed with people and we had 2 large luggages and Miranda to carry down! I still do not know how we made it down the bus! * 3151 x 2100 * (875KB)

VilniusStone * Welcome to Vilnius, an old village by the river Vilnia founded back in 1323.
 * 2886 x 1924 * (1.48MB)

RevalHotelEntranceMiranda * The Reval Hotel of Lithuania (Lietuva in local language) and our sweet Miranda. * 2816 x 1877 * (763KB)

RevalHotelBridgeStephenMiranda * We were very happy to find out that our room was almost the top levl and consisted of 2 combined rooms. We felt like VIPs in this hotel. Miranda was also very happy here walking with her pram in wide clean(!) pavements. * 1568 x 2353 * (704KB)

StCatherineChurch1 * This was the first church we have encountered, and really a beautiful one. It's Saint Catherine's church (Santa Katarina) painted in white, pink and grey and in perfect conditions. * 3090 x 2060 * (804KB)

StCatherineChurch2 * Front view of Saint Catherine's church. * 1877 x 2816 * (821KB)

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MirandaFriend1 * Miranda is always fond of making new friends... * 2291 x 1527 * (542KB)

MirandaFriend2 * ... she has now a Lithuanian friend too! * 3264 x 2448 * (2.11MB)

FountainMiranda * Miranda observing Vilnius from her cute little eyes! * 3264 x 2448 * (2.28MB)

StCasimirChurch1 * Saint Casimir Church - named after the patron saint of Lithuania, Prince Casimir Jagiellon, and founded in 1604 by the Jesuits, St. Casimir’s is the oldest Baroque church in Vilnius. It’s long been a favourite subject of persecution and abuse, featuring among its many outrages Napoleon’s troops use of the building as a grain store in 1812, its conversion into the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas by the Russians some 20 years later (the Russians then turned it into a cathedral in 1864, the same year they banned the Lithuanian language in the Latin script) to its temporary use as a Protestant temple by the occupying German army (1915-1917). Perhaps most shocking was the Soviet’s innovative application of the building, turning it as they did into a museum of atheism. Fear not however, for it’s once again in the safe hands of its rightful owners, and exquisitely beautiful both inside and out. * 1971 x 2816 * (915KB)

StCasimirChurch2 * Details of the entrance of St Casimir church, simply marvelous * 2815 x 1877 * (1021KB)

StCasimirChurch3 * Details of the entrance of St Casimir church. * 3264 x 2176 * (1.34MB)

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