June 16, 2011

The Vilnius cathedral was built on the site of a destroyed pagan temple in the 1200s,
and has been rebuilt many times over the centuries.  Most Lithuanians are Catholics,
but some had a curious pride in being one of the last European areas to convert.

Flags were at half mast on June 14, 2011 to mark the 70th anniversary
of the day the Soviet Union, having just occupied Lithuania, began to
ship many tens of thousands of Lithuania's political, civic, and business
leaders and their families to remote work camps in Siberia and elsewhere.

Did you know Lithuania was
the largest country in Europe
in the 1400s?