Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas is the second largest city of Lithuania and a former capital (pop. 400,000). During my visit in May 2008, Kaunas was celebrating its 600th anniversary—in 1408, it was granted Magdeburg Rights by Vytautas the Great. People put on their best medieval costumes, sang in choirs, and celebrated with food, drink, music, and dance. [—Namit Arora]

Two women (1, 2)

Festival day (1, 2)


Folk dance (1, 2, 3, 4)

Performing choir (1, 2)

Making music

Another choir (1, 2)

Another choir (1, 2, 3)

Central square
(Palace of Weddings)


Marching with flags

Behind the central square
(statue of Maironis)

Medieval attire? (more)

Medieval attire? (more)

Vilniaus Gatve (more)

Young men


Acrobats (more)

Game o' rings (more)

Crowd watching (more)

A wedding

Another wedding

Yet another wedding

Dancing girs

Edge of central square (1, 2)

Peter Paul Cathedral (1, 2, 3)

A street in Kaunas (1, 2)


Kaunas Castle (1, 2)

An old cathedral ...

... gutted by the Russians
(1, 2)

Vytautas Military Museum
(1, 2)

Romas Kalanta Memorial

Freedom Monument

Sculpture off Laisves Aleja

A modern church (1, 2)

Inside the church

View of Kaunas

Basketball court

Jesuit Church

Bridge on the River Nemunas


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