The old ways are never far from the surface in Lithuania. This was, after all, the last country in Europe to convert to Christianity. But what some urban explorers found in an abandoned building just outside Vilnius, its capital, spoke of a terror not merely ancient, but hideously dark.
The expedition was led by Canadian Tyler Paduraru, a history and politics graduate whose girlfriend is Lithuanian. And the eastern European country she’s from, in Paduraru’s own words, is his “favorite place” in the region.
He said as much, however, in 2011 – a full three years before Paduraru explored the dilapidated building on Vilnius’ outskirts. Would his respect for the country he described as “charming” and “civilized” diminish as a result of the vile discoveries he was about to make?