Grand Duke Gediminas 1275-1341 was the founder of the state of Lithuania in 1316. At the time the city of Vilnius was basically not much more than a wooden cathedral, Gediminas Tower at the top of the hill and some basic wooden buildings inside the city walls. Now the view from the top of the hill is somewhat different to what it would have been back then, buildings instead of trees and modern highrises instead of forests.
The view from Gediminas Castle:
The Cathedral in Cathedral square in 2005.
You can visit Gediminas Castle by climbing a hill and the view from the top is worth the exertion. Inside the castle there is a museum with ancient weaponry and the history of the castle. I liked the little diaroma’s of what Vilnius looked like in the 14th and 16th centuries, they weren’t incredibly detailed but done well enough so that you got a good idea of what the city was like so long ago.