July 6th is the day of the State of Lithuania. On this day the Lithuanians celebrate the Coronation of King Mindaugas in 1253. The capital is decked out for the celebration and there is a lot of security since the event is always attended by the country's and neighbouring countries' superior authorities, including members of royalty. The event begins with a parade and flag-raising in the presidential building, with a speech by the president, then there is a civic procession to the cathedral, where there is a mass. When we went were visiting Vilnius, we didn't know that this celebration would be taking place during our stay, but the constant police presence, checkpoints, massive amount of military and the police controlling streets and hotels, plus national flag street decorations led us to guess that something was happening. We watched from the square like most residents of Vilnius and other towns ve were dressed in traditional costumes to take part in the event.
The Green Bridge, which connects the old and new cities, is one of the few remaining examples of Soviet realist art in Vilnius. It has four groups of statues, two at each end, with the themes of industry, agriculture, peace and youth. In the old days it was painted green, hence its name.
Although he had no connection with the city, the great American musician Frank Zappa has his own monument in Vilnius. The monument is a bust and mural in the the legendary's musician's trademark eccentric style. I suppose it was created by Lithuanian fans and is an interesting and unusual monument to check out.
It is an orthodox church. You can't take pictures during the ceremony, and if you don't put your hands in your pockets during the collection, it will attract attention. But it's worth going in to see, as it's full of colour and detail.