20190714_133717 A narrow curving street in Vilnius Old Town
20190714_133559 Lapų street
20190714_133346 Lapų street, top of the slope
20190714_125847 Vaulted door on Railroad street
20190629_115020 Shoes of the executed dissidents in the KGB museum
Under the glass floor of the execution chamber you can see the original floor covered with sand -- I'm not sure if the sand was there back when the death sentences were carried out here, and was it to absorb the blood of the executed? (The method of the execution was a gunshot.) Here, in the antechamber, is a collection of shoes that the dissidents and freedom fighters had to remove before being shot.
This was my second visit -- this time I took my 14-year-old along -- to the museum that was previously known as the Genocide Victims' Museum, but is now called Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights. The "Occupations" refer to the years between 1940 and 1991 when Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union. "Freedom Fights" refers to the 9-year-long (1944 - 1953) partisan war against the occupants.
The museum is located in the former KGB prison where the KGB jailed, interrogated, and executed dissidents and freedom fighters. The prison cells are now part of the exhibit.