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Konrad’s Cell

Aušros Vartų g. 7A

Konrad’s Cell

Konrad’s cell was opened in Vilnius in 2009 (Aušros Vartai St. 7A). The monastery cell where the poet Adam Mickiewicz was imprisoned has been named after the hero of his poem. There are two expositions: one is installed as an imitation of a prison cell, and the other one consists of photo-stands displaying the information on Adam Mickiewicz’s life in Vilnius, the case of Philarets and the Philomaths.

The current exposition of Konrad cell only symbolically marks the location of Konrad cell that stirred so much discussion during the inter-war period. It is known that Adam Mickiewicz was imprisoned in the Bazillion cloister turned into prison at that time in 1823-1824. Having bribed the guards close friends used to gather in the poet’s cell. Adam Mickiewicz described these events in Chapter II of this poem “All Souls’ Day” created in 1832.