I wish I knew even a fraction of the history embedded in this place: Antakalnis Cemetery, a still-active military cemetery in Vilnius. It’s a little bit of a hike from the center, but since you should do part of that walk anyway to see the jaw-dropping beauty of the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, you’ll only have to go an extra 2 km or so to reach the cemetery. Soldiers from various nations (Lithuanian, Polish, German, Russian). Buried there are soldiers from all over: Germans, Soviets, Poles, even Tartars and Napoleonic soldiers. It’s set in a luscious green forest, very pretty and peaceful. Click any of the photos to see the entire (small) album.
Want to learn more about Antakalnis?
- Read InYourPocket’s blurb about it.
- Browse reviews and photos on TripAdvisor
- Skim the wikipedia article’s list of famous people buried there
Complete Set of Posts/Albums from the 2008 Baltics trip:
- Estonia: [Pärnu] [Tallinn] [Pirita in Tallinn] [Edges of Tallinn] [Saaremaa]
- Lithuania: [Kaunas] [Vilnius] [SS Peter & Paul Church in Vilnius] [Antakalnis Cemetery in Vilnius] [Užupis in Vilnius]
- Latvia: [Riga] [Sigulda/Gauja Nat’l Park] [Jurmala Beaches]
- Bonus: [Warsaw, Poland]