This quaint harbor town was part of Prussia and Germany until 1923, when it was taken over by neighboring Lithuania. Captured by the Soviet Red Army in 1945 for its value as a seaport, the city soon became the foremost maritime port in the Eastern Baltic. Today's Klaipeda once again belongs to Lithuania, but retains its status as the Baltic's finest port, along with many of the more charming examples of the timber-frame or Fachwerk-style buildings that it became famous for in the 18th century. Klaipeda is a rich resource for architecture buffs, and one of the city's most elegant buildings is a rare Prussian-era, Neo-gothic post office known as the Old Post. Designed in 1893, it features brilliant frescos of birds carrying letters as well as a picturesque tower with a 48-bell carillon, the biggest musical instrument in all of Lithuania.