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Kedainiai Minaret, Kedainiai

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The Kėdainiai minaret is the only free-standing minaret in Lithuania. It is located in the city of Kėdainiai, in the city park, between the Kėdainiai train station and the Dotnuvėlė River.HistoryThe minaret was erected in 1880 by a Russian general, Eduard Totleben, who was the owner of an estate in Kėdainiai. It was built to commemorate his service in the Russian-Turkish war, in which he had participated. Local legend claims that it was constructed in memory of his Turkish lover.ArchitectureThe minaret is typical of Ottoman architecture. It is needle-topped, 25 meters high and has a balcony which can be reached by interior stairs. There are two plaques affixed to its wall. One is written in Ottoman Turkish and describes a beautiful palace built by the Ottoman sultan. The second plaque bears an Arabic inscription from the Koran, sura Al-Baqara, verse 255 āyatu-l-kursī which says "Who is it that can intercede with Him (God) except by His (God's) permission" ?The minaret is a local architectural monument.
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  • This minaret has a story to it. It was built for a wife of a duke. Also it is situated in the city's park. The park is quite big and taken care of so it is nice to visit with all the family. There...  more »
  • Hidden little gem with historic spices.
  • The park is really nice and minaret has been renovated a bit

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