The Grand Courtyard of Vilnius University and Church of St. Johns.

Surely one of the most beautiful universities anywhere in the world. On my last visit to the university I took the opportunity to wander around and take some photos on what was a beautiful day.

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Tourists mixed with the students on the site and there was a real buzz around the place as the “freshers” were still getting used to the university.

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I saw a group of students dressed rather unusually in yellow t-shirts and with faces painted being led up Pilis gt by a number of other conventionally dressed students.

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My friend and colleague Renata informed me that this was “baptism” for new students to welcome them to the university (or I think that is what she said but I may have misinterpreted the word).

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Anyway, they seemed to be in a boisterous mood and fully entering into the tradition of the university ( a bit different from the legendary drunken antics of students at British universities in “freshers week”).

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The grand courtyard is magnificent and should be on the “must visit” list of anyone coming to Vilnius. I think there is a nominal charge of 5 litas (about £1.00) for entry to the site although I managed to blagg my way in as I explained that I was lecturing at the university later in the week.

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5 Responses to The Grand Courtyard of Vilnius University and Church of St. Johns.

  1. kindadukish says:

    That is very kind of you to say so. I was reading your blog about the disruption of the gay pride march in Vilnius and I think I am as appalled as you at some of the bigotry and homophobia on display. As I blogged recently, it is not what I expect from such a cultured country and educated people…………..but then again religion rears its ugly head and has a massive sway on such matters. Fortunately, I have met quite a number of Lithuanians who have a more open minded view of what is defined as normal or acceptable.

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  2. Looks stunning. I completely missed this when I visited Vilnius. Is it in the old town?

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  3. kindadukish says:

    Yes, it is about 5 mins walk from Pilies g………….there are signposts for the university dotted along Pilies g……………do visit if you go back to Vilnius.

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