VILNIUS, LITHUANIA - JUNE 2008
Vilnius is the capital city of Lithuania, the southernmost of the three Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. During the 14th century, Lithuania was one of the largest countries in Europe, as the territories that today form Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia belonged to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After many vicissitudes, Lithuania declared its renewed independence in 1990. In 2009, Lithuania celebrates the millennium of its name and Vilnius is the European Capital of Culture, together with Linz, Austria.
"TV TOWER - The 326.5 metre-high tower has played an important role on the history of present-day Lithuania. Built from 1974 through 1980, it was the site of the January 13, 1991 events"
"MEMORIAL - Near the basis of the tower there is a memorial to the victims of the January events"
"VIEWS - At the altitude of 160m, there is an observation deck and a revolving platform that allows clients of the cafe «Milky Way» to have a nice view of the city and its surroundings. That's where one may see that Vilnius is a city in the green"
"NERIS RIVER - The 510km river runs 275km in Belarus before entering Lithuania, where it runs 235km, flowing through Vilnius and becoming a tributary of the Nemunas River at Kaunas"
"REVAL HOTEL LIEUTVA"
"ROOM WITH A VIEW - Towards west, with the TV Tower at the distance"
"OLD TOWN - View from the Hotel Lieutva"
"CHURCH, PARK AND GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS"
"RESTAURANT IN BELMONTAS - On one bank of the Vilnia River stands a restored French mill, where a restaurant now operates"
"OLD TIMES BUILDING"
"RECEPTION HOUSE AND GARDENS - Memories from other times..."