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In the bg is the Church of the Holy Trinity within the grounds of the Kaunas Priest Seminary. The statue commemorates Motiejus Valančius, one of the most influential and versatile Lithuanians of the 19th century.

"His services to the Lithuanian cause were lasting and important. His opposition to the Russian government and the tactics he employed in resisting its policies, particularly Lithuanian press ban. He sponsored the illegal practice of printing Lithuanian books in East Prussia and smuggling them into Lithuania by knygnešiai (Lithuanian book smugglers opposed to Russian attempts at enforcing the Cyrillic script), served to stimulate the emergence of the Lithuanian national movement. An educator, and able Church administrator, historian and ethnographer, and a talented writer, Valančius was the bishop in Kaunas from 1849–1875." He died in 1875. More info here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motiejus_Valan%C4%8Dius#Biography

The bg church was built between 1624-1634 AD in the late Renaissance style with some Gothic details. Lithuanian guides described the style as Northern European Renaissance style: "This Evangelical-Lutheran Church, is a nice example of the late Renaissance period, which survived inside the Old Town although the Polish-Lithuanian state Baroque style started to dominate that time and influenced the style of numerous churches and monasteries, which marked the victory of Catholicism over Reformation movement."

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