Thursday, 20 October 2011

“650TH ANNIVERSARY OF KAUNAS”


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The Kauna Castle, firstly built in 1361 and 1362 destroyed by the Teutonic Knights. In 1401, the Kauna Castle was rebuilt by Vytautas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania.
Then Kaunas, being situated at the crossing of land and river trade routes, has become a prominent city of Lithuania. Within the period from 1919 until 1940, it was a provisional capital of the Republic of Lithuania. At present, Kaunas is the second largest city of Lithuania, the one which has set up the first radio station in Lithuania, established the first music school in the country, organized the first opera performance, held the first Lithuanian Song Festival, and etc.
In 2011, the City of Kaunas is celebrating its 650th anniversary.Therefore Lithuania Post issued the souvenir sheet features Kauna City on March 19, 2011. The souvenir sheet depicts: Kaunas Town Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the city, which is also called the “white swan”; Perkūnas House of Gothic style and remarkable for its outstanding beauty; the building of Kaunas Main Post Office, which manifests the first steps of modern architecture in the city.The souvenir sheet designed by H. Ratkevičius.

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