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The view from the cathedral bell tower

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It didn’t seem that long ago they were busy renovating the bell tower which stands opposite the cathedral – Vilniaus Šv. Stanislovo ir Šv. Vladislovo arkikatedra basilica – on the edge of the square in the Autumn of 2013.

Twelve months later it was finished and open to the public.

We’d seen the earlier renovation of the cathedral on our early visits from 2005 and this completes the picture.

And it’s been well worth the wait. The tower has 7 levels and 140 steps to climb – so you need a head for heights and to be reasonably agile as there is no lift  as in the university bell tower. There were no guide books available but as its part of the National Museum I can’t imagine there won’t be one in future. And the two helpful members of staff were very knowledgeable.

DSC00112DSC00114As I said there is no lift and your ascent from the entrance lobby starts with a stone staircase leading up to the next level.

DSC00115Once there you can see the small bells. Further up there are six big ones, four of which ring on a regular basis. You can also see the statue of the Grand Duke at eye level here as well.DSC00132

 

DSC00119DSC00150From there on up it’s by well-crafted wooden steps.

DSC00130 DSC00128These take you up to the big bells and great views across the city.DSC00136

Also you are now high enough to look down on the statue of the Grand Duke, not something I thought I would do without going up in a hot-air balloon!

DSC00123 DSC00121DSC00147At the highest level the public can access you can see the workings of the bell mechanism

You are also looking across at the top of the cathedral and can see close-ups of the statues with the castle in the background.DSC00138

 Did I mention you need a head for heights? Well having gone up so high you have to come back down again which gives you a chance to admire the heavy wooden beams which are supporting the floors and the bells as you navigate the wooden steps.

DSC00148DSC00153You can also see the intricate woodwork through a viewing tube on one of the lower floors.

DSC00154Then one last set of steep stone steps and you are back at the lobby area.DSC00155

 

 

A great experience  at a reasonable price and if you are a photographer some great photo opportunities.

 

Author: mikethepsych

He says he's a psychologist but aren't we all?

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