The Kėdainiai minaret is the only free-standing minaret in Lithuania. The minaret was built in 1880 by the Russian general Eduard Totleben, who was an owner of Kėdainiai manor. He built the minaret as a memorial to the Russian-Turkish war in which he had fought. Local legend also says that he built the minaret for his Turkish lover. The minaret is typical of Ottoman architecture. It is needle-topped, 25 meters high and has a balcony which can be reached by interior stairs. There are two plaques affixed to its wall. One is written in Ottoman Turkish and describes a beautiful palace built by the Ottoman sultan.

References:

Comments

Your name



Details

Founded: 1880
Category: Statues in Lithuania

More Information

en.wikipedia.org

Rating

4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Dov J Balta (2 years ago)
Hidden little gem with historic spices.
giedrius bev (2 years ago)
The park is really nice and minaret has been renovated a bit
Mantas K (2 years ago)
Ones lady suicided by jumping of it, she was high rank war prisoner and this minaret was specially built as a prison for her
Asta Jakstiene (2 years ago)
Gražus vaizdas, bet norėtųsi, kad būtų labiau pritaikyta lankytojams: trūksta suoliukų, šiukšliadėžių.
Karolis Noreika (3 years ago)
Way to this attraction is not very good and should be properly maintained. The location itself should be mainatined better as well but really nice place to do some pictures as the minarer itself is quite extraordinary
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. Construction of the bastion destabilised the foundations of the neighbouring 13th century Dominican Church which had to be pulled down. Between 1947–48, the son of Frigyes Schulek, János Schulek, conducted the other restoration project after its near destruction during World War II.

From the towers and the terrace a panoramic view exists of Danube, Margaret Island, Pest to the east and the Gellért Hill.

Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896.

The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages. It is a viewing terrace, with many stairs and walking paths.

A bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary mounted on a horse, erected in 1906, can be seen between the Bastion and the Matthias Church. The pedestal was made by Alajos Stróbl, based on the plans of Frigyes Schulek, in Neo-Romanesque style, with episodes illustrating the King's life.