Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day Three Hundred Thirty

Lithuania LT-154879 received 10-21-2011

Sent by: Jacob0223
From: Lithuania
ID number: LT-154879
Notes: Verkiai Palace is an 18th-century mansion located in Vilnius, Lithuania.  It has been called the "Versailles of Vilnius".  It was severely damaged during Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812, but was rebuilt and restored by Prince Ludwig Wittenstein.  After World War II, the palace buildings were used as educational institutions and an art museum.  This card, which is dated 1983, shows a 16th century credenza and the ceiling in the Renaissance Hall.

Lithuania LT-126544 received 06-07-2011

Sent by: Daivam
From: Vilnius, Lithuania
ID number: LT-126544
Notes: Trakai Island Castle is a castle (really?) on an island (duh!) in Lake Galvé in Lithuania.  Construction on the castle began in the 14th century, and continued in phases through the 16th century.  During wars in the 17th century, the castle was damaged and not reconstructed until the 20th century.  The major reconstruction started after World War II, and finished in 1961.  The castle is now a major tourist attraction.  

The end of my year of posting cards is rapidly approaching, but I think I will try to continue posting after the year is up.  I will be putting up a few polls to gauge what might work better.  The first one is on the top of the column to the right.

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