Nowadays Vilnius is well known as the capital of Lithuania. However, only few know the legendary story which is closely related to establishment of Vilnius city. So, if you’re planning to visit Vilnius in the near future, you might be really interested in that amazing story about Iron Wolf.
This story happened a long time ago. Lithuania was ruled by Grand Duke Gediminas who was a great leader and good hunter. Mostly he was hunting not really far from the Trakai city. However, one expedition took more time than he was expecting. So, the Duke Gediminas had to stay overnight in Sventaragis valley.
Aurochs was a great prey in that hunt. Therefore, Gediminas was satisfied and slept well. In the morning he remembered one mysterious dream. Iron wolf was standing on the huge hill and howling as a hundred wolves at the same time.
The Grand Duke Gediminas didn’t understand the real meaning of the dream. So, he told the dream to his wizard and asked for explanation. The wizard called Lizdeika said ‘the dream about Iron Wolf means that a great capital will be located there. While, loudly howling says you that the new city will be really popular one in the whole region.’
The next day after that Gediminas started to organize the construction of the new city and its castles. One of the castles was built on the huge hill. Another one was known as Zemoji Castle. The new city was called Vilnius because of the river name which was flowing nearby. Nowadays, you’ll see the same river flowing aside the city through the Puckoriai Exposure and well know Belmontas Restaurants.
The wonderful story about Iron Wolf is still alive. A lot time has passed from that decisive morning in Sventaragis valley. Even so, Vilnius has become a really popular city in the region. So, maybe this story is a bit more than a wonderful legend…
At these days you’re welcome to visit stunning Gediminas Tower which is situated on the huge hill in the city center. There you can know more historical details and enjoy a fascinating panorama of Vilnius city.