Short Description/History

Kowno(Kaunas) is the second largest industrial, scientific and cultural centre of Lithuania. Kaunas is also a university town.

One of Kowno(Kaunas) architectural attractions, its Town Hall, and impressive white building with a tower 53 meters high, built in the 16th century in the Gothic style with baroque elements, is populary known as the White Swan. Other splendid architectural monuments to be found in the vicinity of the Town Hall Square include the St. George Church ensemble dating back to the 16th century, Vytautas Church (15th century), the Cathedral, Lithuania's largest house of worship, and the Perkunas House, one of the most exquisite examples of late Gothic architecture in Lithuania.

The Picture Gallery, one of the largest in Lithuania, has over 800 works in its collection, including paintings by Rubens, Raphael, Rembrandt, Goya, Murillo, Velasques and other masters.

Among the museums in Kowno(Kaunas), mention should be made of Ceramics Museum, Literary Museum, Zoology Museum, but the most popular is, without doubt, the State Art Museum named after M.K. Ciurlionis, the famous Lithuanian painter and composer. Alongside the works by M.K. Ciurlionis, the Museum boasts a large collection of Lithuanian, Russian and West European paintings and applied art of the 16th - 20th centuries.