Lithuanian monument gets a make-over

  • 1999-08-12
  • Rokas M. Tracevskis
In Cathedral Square in the center of Vilnius stands a monument dedicated to the Grand Duke Gediminas, who in 1323 first referred to Vilnius as his royal city in letters. Archaeologists say Vilnius was established centuries earlier, but Gediminas was the first to mention it in written form. According to legend, Gediminas fell asleep in a valley after hunting in the place where Vilnius now stands. In his dream, he saw a howling iron wolf. Later, the high pagan priest Liz-deika interpreted the dream and proclaimed that a world-famous city would rise on the site. No fool, Gediminas started to b...
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