As you cross the Green Bridge from the city side there are these buildings sitting incongruously side by sideThis is not the first time I have noticed such contrasting architecture.
Lithuania underwent a transformation after independence in 1991 and wanted to shake off its former soviet image.
They removed much evidence of the former soviet times but some they kept.
The statues on the green bridge in Vilnius, fine examples of socialist realism, were kept but other statuary was removed and many pieces ended up in the Grutas Park.
The original three crosses on the hill were pulled down by the soviets and buried but new ones were made and the old ones uncovered and left there with the chains to show the world what had happened.
At the parliament building they have kept part of the barricade they set up to stop tanks entering the parliament building. There are also smaller replicas set out around the building to show the extent of the original barricade.
And not far from the statue of Grand Duke Gediminas in a corner of the cathedral square is a stone monument celebrating 650 years of Vilnius’s role as capital of Lithuania. If you look closely you can see an oblong recess where they removed the cyrillic script.
And while you are in the area look for the the Stebuklas or miracle tile which marks the end of the human wall that stretched from Tallinn to Vilnius in 1989. If you find it stand on it, turn clockwise three times and make a wish!