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Paminklas Lietuvos vardo tūkstantmečiui

Monument for the Millennium of the Name Lithuania

The first written mention of Lithuania is found in the Saxonicae Annales Quedlinburgenses (Annals of Quedlinburg), dated 9 March 1009
Regimantas Midvikis
2009

Klaipėda /  Paminklas Lietuvos vardo tūkstantmečiui   Klaipėda /  Paminklas Lietuvos vardo tūkstantmečiui

Description

Equestrian statue of Grand Duke Vytautas the Great on a sphere, standing on a 4 metre high column. On the column one can find an inscribed text in Lithuanian and Latin:

1009
MIX LIETUVOS VARDO
MMIX MILLENNIUM TŪKSTANTMEČIUI
2009

Inscription(s)

In a granite circle around the column are many text, which are hardly readable. Among others:

paminklas pastatytas
minint....
vardo tūkstantmečį
2009 metais
komit... rūpesčių
remėju lėsoms
ir darbai
 
skulptorius
regimantas midvikis
architektas
vytenis mazurkevičius
konstruktorius
tauivydas das...
and further probably the names of the sponsors.

Annotation

The first written occurrence of Lithuania's name reads:

Sanctus Bruno qui cognominatur Bonifacius archepiscopus et monachus XI. suŠ conuersionis anno in confinio RusciŠ et LituŠ a paganis capite plexus cum suis XVIII, VII. Id. Martij petijt coelos.

[In 1009] St. Bruno, an archbishop and monk, who was called Boniface, was slain by Pagans during the 11th year of this conversion at the Rus and Lithuanian border, and along with 18 of his followers, entered heaven on March 9th.

See here for a statue of St. Bruno of Querfurt

Sculptor

Sources & Information

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Location N 55°42'36" E 21°8'4"

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