Photographer's Note

This is one of symbols of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. Honestly, I was suprised didn't find many pictures of this object on TrekEarth. So, I try to fix this shortcoming.

According to the legend found in the Chronicle of Lithuania, the castle on the Castle Hill was founded by Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas, who once had a prophetical dream. In his dream he saw an iron wolf standing on this place and howling like a hundred wolves. The pagan priest Lizdeika interpreted this dream as gods' will. Gediminas should build a castle and a city that would soon become famous and prosperous, and would be unassailable for enemies. According to other historical facts, in the 5-6th centuries there had already been large settlements on the banks of the Vilnia River and Gediminas chose this place for the construction of the new town because of its favorable geographical position. About 1230 the castle was built and soon the capital was moved from Trakai to the new town named after the Vilnia River.
From the top of the tower you can enjoy the marvelous panorama of Vilnius. On the top of the tower always flys national "three-colour" of Lithania (yellow-green-red).

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