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Vilnius - Ducal Palace

 

The reconstruction of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania required quite a lot of imagination, as just about the only remains were of the basement of the original and there were no detailed drawings of the floors of the Palace, only paintings and engravings.  The rebuilding occasioned quite a debate and a lot of criticism, as this bit from Wikipedia indicates:

 

"Several historians who were against the reconstruction provided many arguments for why the reconstruction of the palace was unnecessary. It was argued that the newly built palace would destroy the urban landscape formed over the last 300 years. Vilnius Cathedral would be overshadowed by the palace, and the Gediminas' Tower would not be visible from the side of the cathedral. Materials and technologies unknown at the time of original construction have been used. Also the reconstruction was financed by the state, while many authentic historic buildings are in critical condition."

 

This was taken from the top of the Hill of Three Crosses and you can see some of the erosion on Castle Hill, which I mentioned in an early post. Behind the Palace is the Cathedral, with the bell tower beyond.

 

Vilnius - Ducal Palace

 

The reconstruction of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania required quite a lot of imagination, as just about the only remains were of the basement of the original and there were no detailed drawings of the floors of the Palace, only paintings and engravings.  The rebuilding occasioned quite a debate and a lot of criticism, as this bit from Wikipedia indicates:

 

"Several historians who were against the reconstruction provided many arguments for why the reconstruction of the palace was unnecessary. It was argued that the newly built palace would destroy the urban landscape formed over the last 300 years. Vilnius Cathedral would be overshadowed by the palace, and the Gediminas' Tower would not be visible from the side of the cathedral. Materials and technologies unknown at the time of original construction have been used. Also the reconstruction was financed by the state, while many authentic historic buildings are in critical condition."

 

This was taken from the top of the Hill of Three Crosses and you can see some of the erosion on Castle Hill, which I mentioned in an early post. Behind the Palace is the Cathedral, with the bell tower beyond.

 

comments (4)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Oct 2017, 01:00
I don't know about the building, Tom, but those sign s or erosion should be cause for concern.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 20 Oct 2017, 05:13
Quel beau bâtiment ! Joli point de vue.
There are pros and cons to everything....
I really like your view here.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Oct 2017, 07:08
Well the building certainly dominates the cathedral in this view Tom

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