Vilnius

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Thanks to Laima from Leeds, who sent me this postcard from her home town Vilnius in Lithuania. It shows the Gediminas’ Tower which is part of the Upper Castle where you can have a wonderful view over the old town of Vilnius. The Old Town of Vilnius is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in Northern Europe.  It is a place where some of Europe’s greatest architectural styles – gothicrenaissancebaroque and neoclassical – stand side by side and complement each other. Therefore, it became an UNESCO world heritage site in 1994. Well worth a visit from what I could look up on the internet and certainly on my bucket list to visit.

If you have been to Vilnius, what other places will be of interest?

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Flag of Lithuania

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This wonderful and colourful flag card has arrived today from Leeds. Thanks to Laima who generously agreed to swap some cards with me and will complete Lithuania with postcards of the flag and from Vilnius. Looking forward to it.

The flag of Lithuania is actually a very young flag compare to many other European countries. The flag of Lithuania consists of a horizontal tricolour of yellowgreen and red. It was re-adopted on March 20, 1989, almost two years before the re-establishment of Lithuania’s independence following the end of the Soviet Union and the end of the Soviet occupation of 1944-1991. It was first used in Lithuania’s first period of independence (in the 20th century) from 1918-1940, which ceased with the occupation first by Soviet Russia and Lithuania’s illegal annexation into the Soviet Union, and then by Nazi Germany (1941-44). This flag (1918-40) had lighter colours. During the post-WW2 Soviet occupation, from 1945 until 1989, the Soviet Lithuanian flag consisted first of a generic red Soviet flag with the name of the republic, then changed to the red flag with white and green bars at the bottom. The last alteration to the current flag occurred in 2004 when the aspect ratio changed from 1:2 to 3:5. The flag is identical to the flag of the Danish island Ærø, also located by the Baltic Sea.