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Lithuania marks 25th anniversary of Soviet army’s withdrawal

Lithuania marks the 25th anniversary of the withdrawal of the Soviet army. […]

History

Manuals on Ars boni moriendi in the GDL

In the Late Middle Ages, the prevalence of apocalyptic mood in Western Europe became more increasingly pronounced. Manifestations of anticipation for the Last Judgement could be observed, with abundant literary descriptions of this very old subject in history and its portrayals in art. Such apocalyptic trends were influenced by the outbreak of plague in the mid-14th century, the so-called Black Death, devastating Europe, with a death toll of almost one third of its population. […]

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Symbols on Grand Duchy of Lithuania coins: the religion, the ruler, the state

First coins of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania were minted in the late 14th century, right after Jogaila became the king of Poland and Lithuania began the process of Christianisation (in 1386–1387). The Christianisation kick-started a number of important changes in the country, and some of them found their reflection in early Lithuanian coins. The symbolism of the coins was dominated by the motives of religion and authority because in addition to being part of the economy, the coins were supposed to deliver messages about the ruler of the country among various groups of the society. […]

Radviliškis
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Radviliškis town plans to rename street named after Soviet hero

Lithuania’s northern town of Radviliškis plans to rename a street named after a Soviet hero in late August, the Lietuvos Žinios daily writes. […]

Augustus II
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“The silent” Seimas the end of the internal fights

The Sejm of the Polish – Lithuanian joint state – the Commonwealth of the Two Nations – that convened on 1 February 1717, and sat in conference for only six or seven hours instead of the usual several weeks or several months, was given a name of “silent” because the draft laws were approved without considering them and none of the participants was allowed to start discussions. This procedure for adopting laws was agreed upon in advance. Only the Speaker of the Sejm was allowed to speak whose candidature was coordinated prior to the beginning of the Sejm. There was no usual election of the Speaker of the Sejm either. […]

Jan Casimir Vasa
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Liberum veto – theory and practice

Liberum veto (Latin for “the free veto”) is what the right of every nobleman not to permit adopting laws at the Sejm was called in the Commonwealth of the Two Nations. This right formed intensively after the Union of Lublin. But in the times of Sigismund Vasa (1587–1632) many decisions were taken unanimously. Why? […]

Commemoration of the Medininkai Massacre
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Lithuania’s leaders call for not forgetting Medininkai massacre’s significance

As Lithuania marks the 27th anniversary of the Medininkai massacre on Tuesday, state leaders and other officials have called for not forgetting the important and painful sacrifice for Lithuania’s freedom. […]

Romani people
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Roma, the vagabonds of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Gypsies originated in Indian Peninsula and left their native lands in the Middle Ages after choosing nomadic way of life. In the 15th century, their traces are already evident in Central Europe and it is likely that they reached the territory of Lithuania at about the same time. It is thought that the Great Duke of Lithuania Aleksandras granted Gypsies the privilege in 1501 allowing them to roam all over the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Moving from one place to another they would earn they daily bread through the trade of wizardry and, forced by deprivation and poverty, eventually got involved in the inglorious “craft”, stealing. This is why the image of Gypsies in Lithuania has gradually diminished to persons involved in magic and horse stealing. […]

Archaeological explorations of the complex of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius at Vokiečių g.13A @ Vilnius Municipality (9)
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Archaeologists from Lithuania, Israel and USA exploring territory of the Great Synagogue complex

Vilnius which is changing every day makes every effort to preserve values of cultural heritage – archaeological explorations of the complex of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius (at Vokiečių g. 13A) started on 12 July, and on 2 – 6 September, creative workshops for preserving its heritage will be held. The restoration of the entire territory and the adjacent areas is planned by 2023. […]

The King Mindaugas monument in Vilnius
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The coronation of Mindaugas: do we really understand medieval monarchy?

The coronation of Mindaugas is viewed as the birth of the Lithuanian state, however we rarely consider whether we really understand what the title of king meant in the Europe of the time and who could legitimately pursue it. […]