Kėdainiai minaret

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Kedainiai minaret
Kėdainiai minaret
Kėdainiai minaret is located in Lithuania
Kėdainiai minaret
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Basic information
Location Kedainiai, Lithuania
Geographic coordinates 55°10′22″N 23°35′01″E / 55.1729°N 23.5835°E / 55.1729; 23.5835Coordinates: 55°10′22″N 23°35′01″E / 55.1729°N 23.5835°E / 55.1729; 23.5835
Affiliation Islam
Municipality Kėdainiai district municipality
Heritage designation Architectural heritage of Lithuania
Architectural description
Architectural type Minaret
Architectural style Ottoman
Completed 1880
Height (max) 25 m (82 ft)



The Kėdainiai minaret is the only free-standing minaret in Lithuania. It is located in the city of Kėdainiai, in the city park, between the Kėdainiai train station and the Dotnuvėlė River.

History[edit]

The minaret was erected in 1880 by a Russian general, Eduard Totleben, who was the owner of an estate in Kėdainiai. It was built to commemorate his service in the Russian-Turkish war, in which he had participated. Local legend claims that it was constructed in memory of his Turkish lover.[1][2]

Architecture[edit]

The minaret is typical of Ottoman architecture. It is needle-topped, 25 meters high and has a balcony which can be reached by interior stairs. There are two plaques affixed to its wall. One is written in Ottoman Turkish and describes a beautiful palace built by the Ottoman sultan. The second plaque bears an Arabic inscription from the Koran, sura Al-Baqara, verse 255 āyatu-l-kursī which says "Who is it that can intercede with Him (God) except by His (God's) permission" ?

The minaret is a local architectural monument.

Ottoman inscription

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bernardinai.lt/straipsnis/2010-08-11-kedainiu-krasto-istorijoje-totlebenu-seimos-pedsakai/48794/print
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2012-03-21.