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King Mindaugas monument was created to mark the 750 years anniversary of Mindaugas coronation. It was unveiled on the 6th of July, 2003. King of Lithuania, the title of rulers of Lithuanian state recognised by the Pope. The first of them was King Mindaugas who founded the Christian Kingdom of Lithuania; his successors, however, were known as Grand Dukes, as Lithuania reverted to paganism until the end of 14th century.In 1429, the title of King of Lithuania was granted to Grand Duke Vytautas, but his attempts to be crowned did not succeed.
The sculptor of monument, Regimantas Midvikis, worked together with architects on the concept of monument.
The monument is 4 and a half meter high and portray the king, sitting in his throne and holding the royal regalia - scepter and the sphere with the cross on it. The pedestal of the monument is surrounded with calendar of the sun, marking the most important pagan and catholic festivals.

The National Museum of Lithuania is the largest depository of the Lithuanian historical heritage, where museum valuables reflecting the cultural history of the country are collected, preserved, studied and popularised on a systematic basis. At the same time it is the oldest museum of Lithuania, with its roots in the Vilnius Museum of Antiquities established in 1855 on the initiative of culture historian Count Eustache Tyszkiewicz.
The Museum and the main expositions of the National Museum of Lithuania are located in the historical centre of Vilnius, in the buildings within the territory of Vilnius Castles.

Gediminas Tower named after the founder of Vilnius. Gediminas (ca. 1275 winter 1341) was the Monarch of medieval Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

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  • Copyright: Jonas Jonika (jonius) (70)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-05-12
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-07-15 11:16
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