This is an amazing bell tower a short distance away from the cathedral at Vilnius, within the cathedral square. The following is an introduction from Wikipedia.
One of the most distinctive features of the square is the Cathedral’s bell tower, situated several yards from the cathedral itself, a thing uncommon outside of Italy. According to many scholars, the tower was in fact one of the towers of the ancient city walls of the mediaeval Lower Castle that once stood near the modern square. According to another version, not supported by modern historians, the base of the tower was in fact a small pagan temple, demolished and then turned into the bell tower. Regardless of its origins, the lower parts of the tower are mediaeval, with several small loop-holes preserved. Its oldest underground square section was built in the 13th century on the bottom of the old riverbed. Upper parts of the tower were added in the 18th century while the neo-classical finish was added in the 19th century, during the reconstruction of the cathedral.
It is a shame that I do not have the tower and the cathedral put together in the same photo as it was difficult to photograph both because of their difference in scales.
I will be doing a series on streets and alleys of the Baltic countries.
I have been to all the Baltic capitals which includes visiting of some of the UNESCO Heritage sites like
Vilinus, Riga, Tallin etc.
What I found most interesting are the alleys and the streets which all have their own characteristics.
I am not able to tell you exactly where those alleys and streets are; in my simple mind, they are my memorable parts of the Baltic.
I like the cobblestones, the quaint street, the colored walls on both sides of the alleys, the cafes along or encroached onto the roads, the crude masonry wall facing and last, but not the least, the friendly people.
They leave an undeletable part in my memory!
Some of the pictures I have taken are to remind me where I have been.
However, I got very mixed up with the images I have in the Baltic countries, especially those in the old towns.
Here is a picture I have on Vilinus, Lithuania. It includes all the major landmark cathedrals and buildings in Vilinus.
It looks very similar with my others taken in the other two Baltic countries.
In any case, I did have a good time in all three countries!