Picturesque Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, located at the junction of the Vilija and Vilejka Rivers, is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities of East-Europe.
Located on a hill rising from the river-junction, overlooking the old-city spread-out below it, is the Gediminas Tower, the only remaining part of Vilnius’ 14th century fortress; it currently functions as a museum.
The spires of churches of differing styles and denominations, built between the 13th and 19th centuries make-up the silhouette of the old-city.
Vilnius, Cathedral Square
Almost universally Baroque in style, the old-city has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Typical of other locations in the historic old-city is “Cathedral Square”, with its 57m high bell-tower; standing next to the Cathedral, the tower has become a symbol of the city.
The cultural life of Vilnius is similarly rich and varied; in addition to its museums and galleries, the Uzupis Quarter, the home of contemporary artists, is worth mentioning.
It says a lot about the city’s individuality, that it is the only place in the world where a statue has been erected in a public area, to the “Enfant Terrible of Rock”, Frank Zappa.