Lithuania never ceases to amaze its guests with magnificent nature landmarks. The country is home to approximately 200 parks, 50 nature reserves and as many as 2500 lakes. Simply every park of the country is perfect for rest, where you can relax under the crone of centuries old trees, enjoy the crystal clean water in a lake or walk in a beautiful garden. The historic heritage of the country is no less interesting, and the best way to start your exploration of Lithuania is to visit its capital, Vilnius.
The capital is famous for its magnificent religious complexes such as St. Anne’s Church, one of the most famous churches in Vilnius. The building is made in gothic style and its facades are decorated with amazing patterns made with bricks of different colour. The three altars and an ancient organ are the most precious elements of the inner design. The church got its current look in the middle of the 16th century. Before that there was a small wooden bell tower on the site of the modern church. Vilnius is home to the National Museum, the oldest museum in the country. It was founded yet in 1855. Museum collections are dedicated to history and culture of the country. Yet in the 19th century a part of the collection was transferred to Moscow; currently, the exhibition of the museum includes approximately 800 thousand items. Visitors will see large collections of paintings, weapons, work tools, utensils, jewellery, furniture, medals, historic documents, maps and other ethnographic and historic items.
The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is an amazing example of medieval architecture. The building of the castle was started in the 15th century and lasted a few hundred years. The castle changed its owners several times, that’s why it took so long to finish the construction. Today, the palace features amazing combination of renaissance and gothic styles, and visitors are welcome to see its beautiful halls and rooms, and listen to many interesting stories about the past of the building.
One more prominent landmark is located in Kaunas. This is Kaunas Castle, which belong to the list of the oldest buildings in the country. The fortress was built in the 14th century and was severely damaged during military campaigns of Teutonic Knights. Later, the castle was rebuilt and restored several times. Nowadays, one of the towers of the castle is open for tourists. Acropolis Entertainment Centre, which is the biggest centre of its kind in Lithuania, is another great tourist destination. This is the place where tourists will enjoy numerous shops, movie theatres, bowling, gym, and a swimming pool.
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