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A historical photograph of the fountain of Biruta with a rollover image to a recent photograph.

 

The Fountain of Biruta in the Lithuanian Cultural Garden is a memorial to the pagan past of the Lithuanian people. Biruta was a pagan priestess in the Temple of Perkunas, the God of Thunder. After marrying Kestutis, son of Grand Duke Gediminas, Biruta gave birth to the Vytavtas, Lithuania's defender, who in 1410 AD defeated the crusaders. Not only was Biruta the mother to one of the country's greatest figures, she is also seen as the embodiment of chastity and feminine virtues.

"Lithuanians' Garden Tell History of Nation", 14 September, 1937 article by John Mihal (Plain Dealer Morgue)