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Old November 27th, 2011, 11:51 AM   #41
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But the biggest atraction in Klaipėda and one of the most interesting museums in the whole region is Lithuanian sea museum, Dolphinarium and Aquarium, visited by more than 400 000 people annually.

It houses old german military forts and bastion on the Curonian spit.
Also this fortification buildings were enlarged by adding some new additions when museum was found in the 80s. Now some of the buildings are on reconstruction.
Museum is There:


You can get there by this means of "public transport" :




Once there were electric tramways in the city... But in the 30s buses were more modern form of public transportation and trams were closed in favor of this:


But the city is thinking of reintroducing of tramway network.
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Old November 27th, 2011, 11:52 AM   #42
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This museum is also interesting.
It tells the history of this region.


Also one of the oldest surviving buildins in Klaipėda.

Unfortunately, only 1/3 of the buildings survived Second World War and Communism. Almost all churches were torn down in the 50s


Talking about history, I believe, this picture represents Klaipėda the best: modern lithuanian shop, old german inscription and the street, supervised by Matryoshka doll

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Old November 28th, 2011, 01:07 AM   #43
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Nice church and ugly building from soviet times. Both were built in the 60s. This church was designed during interwar period by lithuanian architect, but was illegaly built (nb!) during soviet times. This angered authorities: the building was made concert hall and the priest was imprisoned.



Once tens of towers of the churches dominated the skyline, but in soviet times, the churches were demolished and chimneys of the factories, built in the suburbs, became major dominants of the panoramas



After the Independence, towers of some new churches, and tens of new highrises improved the view significantly. There are some plans to rebuild churches in the Old Town.



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Old November 28th, 2011, 01:21 AM   #44
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About 1/4 of Klaipėda inhabitants are Orthodox as there are a significant number of russians, belarussians and ukrainians in the city.
Lithuanians 71.3 %, russians 21,3 %, ukrainians 2,4 %, belarussians 1,9 %, polish 0,4 %, others 1,2 % (2001).

Odd-looking Orthodox church







There are more Orthodox churches with more standard exteriors in the South part of the city.

Tartars are thinking of a mosque in Klaipėda.
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Old November 28th, 2011, 06:21 AM   #45
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Another church and another twentysomething-storey building.
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Nice mid-rises.


Modern building with grass on the roof.


Ecological, clean energy.


Old quarters. After the Independence, experimental geothermal plant near Klaipėda was built and part of Klaipėda as these buildings is heated from that ecological source.

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Old November 28th, 2011, 06:34 AM   #46
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Another modern building.



Ultramodern toilet. Guess why

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Old November 28th, 2011, 06:45 AM   #47
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Nineteen, twenty, twenty one, twenty two, twenty five, twenty two, twenty, twenty one, twenty five, twenty eight, thirty four,...


Klaipėda is becoming Lithuanian Chicago or Hong Kong.
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Old November 28th, 2011, 06:51 AM   #48
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Oddities.



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Old November 28th, 2011, 07:09 AM   #49
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Old town. The building on the left was built more than 100 years ago and it's construction is the same like of the first skyscrapers although initially it was designed much bigger.



Waterfront.


Rebuilding of the opera theatre's soviet addition on the right. This is where infamous Hitler spoke for the masses

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Old November 28th, 2011, 07:54 AM   #50
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Rebuilt Simon Dach monument.



Theater- the oldest in Lithuania.



Square.


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Old November 28th, 2011, 07:58 AM   #51
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Shipbuilders.






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Old November 28th, 2011, 08:16 AM   #52
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To be honest, Old town of Klaipėda is not that interesting. I liked the other part of the river more. Manto, Liepų, Daukanto streets were the most interesting for me.





Unfortunately I ussualy don't have spare time while in Klaipėda to make photos of these nice districts further from the Old town.
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Old November 28th, 2011, 08:27 AM   #53
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This part of the city is the most interesting for me.







New bridge with heated pavements



Natural border of the city. In that park most klaipedians spend their recreational time.



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Old November 28th, 2011, 08:38 AM   #54
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Northernmost part of Curonian Spit is also used for recreational needs of klaipedians.







But the city itself is also like a quiet health resort.
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Old November 28th, 2011, 08:43 AM   #55
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Pig's Back island- the place where the gas terminal will be built. :P


And this is where belarussians spend their money
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Old November 28th, 2011, 08:54 AM   #56
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Some cool clubs, wine-cellars and restaurants are located in this part of the city

Unfortunately huuuge "Akropolis" with tens of restaurants, hunderd of shops, cinemas, ice rink together with other huge malls outrivaled most of the shops
in the city centre...

Heimatstil, Jugendstil is something what lithuanian can see only in Klaipėda region or abroad.



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Old November 28th, 2011, 09:23 AM   #57
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Beautiful. Awesome.
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Old November 28th, 2011, 07:14 PM   #58
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I have to say your photos are very interesting indeed, Vilniusguide. Please keep it on if you have more.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 12:43 AM   #59
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Quote:
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I have to say your photos are very interesting indeed, Vilniusguide. Please keep it on if you have more.
No more Klaipėda, only Wil... Vilnius
Here are some:





If you are coming to San Fran... to Vilnius, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
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Old December 7th, 2011, 02:37 AM   #60
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Gimme fuel, gimme fire,






I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike.



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