Kaunas’s St. Michael the Archangel Church (Sobor) or Catholic Garrison Church
You should start sightseeing from the Kaunas Sobor, which is situated in the eastern part of Laisvės alley (main pedestrian street of the city). This is a representation of structure of the Neobysanthic style of the Kaunas military fortress, which was supposed to express luxury and official status.
Laisvės Alley (Alley of Freedom)
Continue your tour walking along Laisvės alley towards the old town of Kaunas. A 1.7 km long street was formed in the XIX century. Laisvės alley, connecting the old and new parts of the city, is a pedestrian street. The beginning and the end of Laisvės alley show exactly the directions of the East and West. On this pedestrian street you can find many restaurants, outdoor cafes and different shops. Kaunas State Musical Theatre and the old central post office of Kaunas are also found on Laisvės Alley.
Walking down Laisvės alley you will at some point reach Vilniaus street. This is the most beautiful street of the old town for pedestrians only. Most of the buildings here remained from the XVI century and some of them were reconstructed. Unique telephone booths show that you are walking down an old street. It connects the old city with the new.
At the end of Vilniaus street on the right you will see the Archicathedral Basilica. This is the only basilica church performed in the Gothic style in Lithuania. After several reconstructions it gained some Renaissance and Baroque features.
Kaunas Town Hall
Once you exit through the front door of the Archicathedral Basilica, on your right you will see the Town Hall square of Kaunas, with the Town Hall building in the middle, often referred to by the romantics as the “white swan”. As centuries went by, the building changed its appearance and purpose several time, and today the Town Hall is a place where in addition to performing the wedding ceremonies, honourable guests are welcomed, agreements are signed and official gatherings take place.
After admiring the Town Hall, walk towards the Kaunas Castle. The first castle of Kaunas built in the XIV century is one of the most important points of Lithuanian battle against the Crusaders. This is the oldest stone castle in Lithuania. Preserved remains of the castle speak of its original spatial structure, construction techniques, forms, and it is a source of important documents to learn about development of the Lithuanian architecture in the XIII-XVI century, as well as an architectural monument of a republican significance.
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