Download the book “The Prince of Winds: 7000 nautical miles on the roads of MK Radvila” for free!
This historic sign engraved as a mosaic into the pavement of Vilnius Town Hall pays homage to the Pilgrimage Sea Voyage to the Holy Land (1582 – 1584) made by Nicholas Christopher Radziwill, “The Orphan” (1549-1616).
Nicholas Christopher Radziwill “The Orphan” was a state figure, patron of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy, and a writer. The nobleman was one of the first Lithuanians in the 16th century to make the trip to the peaks of the Egyptian pyramids, described the Memphis Acropolis and the flood of the Nile, thus opening the road to the East to the society of the Great Duchy of Lithuania.
Radziwill “The Orphan” visited the three continents around the Mediterranean Sea: South Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He described this journey in his book Journey to Jerusalem, first published in 1601 in Amsterdam – latin: Hierosolymitana Peregrinatio.
The first compass in Vilnius is located at the Town Hall Square. It’s the first digital narrative connecting the capital of Lithuania with the most famous cities in Europe. The first marine compass, which helped to discover the main cultural aspects and axes of Vilnius on the map of Europe:
Do you know the first Lithuanian traveller who is renowned in his own homeland and is as well-known as Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan or Mark Pol?
The “Vilnius Compass” was built in 2017 to commemorate the name of Nicholas Christopher Radziwill “The Orphan” – a unique symbol of the city created by private sponsors and Vilnius organisations. On the one hand, it is an artistic element of the central Vilnius Town Hall Square, on the other, a link to a modern online e-book, the pages of which reveal and connect the history of the past Lithuania and of modern Vilnius.
The launch of the “Vilnius Compass”- a maritime mark in the heart of Vilnius Old Town was initiated by the public company Gold of Lithuania, which completed a historic reconstructive journey along the Mediterranean Sea in the years 2009-2011, reconstructing the sea voyage of Nicholas Christopher Radziwill “The Orphan”. This trip the Nobleman embarked upon more than 400 years ago inspired sailors to raise a huge Lithuanian flag in 60 Mediterranean ports, inspiring Vilnius City and Lithuania to open cultural and economic relations and networking doors to Europe more broadly.
In 2013, the book “The Prince of Winds: 7000 Nautical miles after the legend of Nicholas Christophorus Radziwill “The Orphan” (“Versus Aureus”) was published by the project writer Tomas Stanius. Download the book here.
In the maritime tradition, the compass is an object that keeps ships from getting lost. Thus, the “Vilnius Compass” is a new meeting place. Meet with friends, acquaintances, foreigners, tourists and locals. Meet with the goal to plan a new trip with your friends. Download the free book here in Vilnius, the country with the world’s fastest internet, and get ready for a trip through the Mediterranean Sea countries.
The author of the idea“Vilnius Compass”: Donatas Juškus.
Author of the “Gold of Lithuania 2009-2011: Piligriminės jūrinės ekspedicijos į Šventąją Žemę M.K. Radvilai Našlaitėliui atminti” .
Writer of the project “Vilnius Compass”: Tomas Staniulis.
Co-author of the “Gold of Lithuania 2009-2011: Piligriminės jūrinės ekspedicijos į Šventąją Žemę M.K. Radvilai Našlaitėliui atminti” .
Architect — Eglė Truskauskienė
Designer – Rasa Miliūnaitė-Janėnienė
Lawyer Robert Juodka
Captain Artūras Dovydėnas
UAB “KAVOS BANKAS”
UAB “Gatvių statyba”
Rotary Vilnius Senamiestis