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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 (11)

  • 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.
Tom Wilson: Yes, indeed, Ray. As far as I am aware, the Council know the problem but, at present, do not appear to have a solution!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 20 Oct 2017, 05:13
Quel beau bâtiment ! Joli point de vue.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine.
There are pros and cons to everything....
I really like your view here.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Oct 2017, 07:08
Well the building certainly dominates the cathedral in this view Tom
Tom Wilson: As Wikipedia notes, that was one of the objections to the erection of the Palace.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Oct 2017, 09:12
I like the composition. About the criticism - I couldn't care much about the views etc. I think what is more pertinent is the use of the building.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Louis - its use is purely as a tourist attraction and what annoys the critics is its lack of authenticity - the contents are not original, but bought from all over Europe, the materials used are modern, not original, so it is a pastiche rather than a reconstruction. I have to say, however, that the interior reflects the amount of money spent on it!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Oct 2017, 09:37
What do you think about the arguments for not reconstructing it, Tom?
Tom Wilson: Well, it wasn't really a "reconstruction" - it's more or less a fiction smile I think the money would have been better spent on ensuring the survival of genuinely historic buildings.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Oct 2017, 09:48
I do like a good Ducal Palace Tom. This one looks magnificent.
Tom Wilson: A magnificent fake smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Oct 2017, 09:53
I understand the considerations, but now it is a glorious building and a pride of Lithuania. I like your view on the town.
Tom Wilson: I think many Lithuanians thought it a waste of money, Philine smile
I can imagine the arguements for and against as public money was being used, but it has ended up as a fine looking building.
Tom Wilson: The argument is that there were genuine historic buildings that needed the money - and this is just a fake smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2017, 15:48
Well it all looks fine to me, and it looks like its been there for hundreds of years.
Tom Wilson: Oh, it looks fine, and very fine inside - but, ultimately, it's a fake, whereas there are fine, genuine historic buildings in Lithuania that could have used the money more effectively.
Sounds like this was a vanity project Tom
Tom Wilson: Exactly, Bill - the mayor's vanity project smile

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