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Vilnius During Soviet Times (Self Guided), Vilnius

The city of Vilnius was once occupied by the Soviet Union and has played a role in shaping the history of this magnificent town. Today, areas of interest include the House of the Signatories, Gedimino Palace, Žaliasis Tiltas, and many other monuments.
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Vilnius During Soviet Times Map

Guide Name: Vilnius During Soviet Times
Guide Location: Lithuania » Vilnius (See other walking tours in Vilnius)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: emily
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Uzupis Angel Statue
  • House of the Signatories
  • Gedimino Palace
  • Žaliasis Tiltas (Green Bridge)
  • Museum of Genocide Victims
  • Lukiškės Square
Uzupis Angel Statue

1) Uzupis Angel Statue (must see)

During the Cold War, liberty of expression was extremely limited in Eastern Europe. When this artless period ended, the restrained expressions overflowed. Uzupis Angel was unveiled in 2001. It represents Lithuania’s freedom and independence. The monument features an angel blowing a trumpet. The sculptor of the angel statue, Romas Vilčiauskas, is also the creator of the Užhupis Mermaid.
Previously, a temporary sculpture of an egg stood in its place. After being replaced by the larger statue of Gabriel, the egg was sold at an auction for 10,200 litas and now stands on Pylimo street.
Sight description based on wikipedia
House of the Signatories

2) House of the Signatories

The House of the Signatories is a Lithuanian historic landmark in Pilies Street, Vilnius, where on February 16, 1918, the Act of Independence of Lithuania was signed by twenty members of the Council of Lithuania. In the late 19th century, Kazimierz Sztral renovated the building in a Neo-Renaissance style after a project by a Russian architect Alexiey Polozov. The second floor has decorative sculptures symbolizing agriculture and fishing. The third floor acquired two male busts. Soon after Lithuania regained independence in 1990 from the Soviet Union, the house was dedicated as a museum, and opened to the public in 2000. Since 2003 the museum has been a branch of the National Museum of Lithuania. Annual commemoration ceremonies of the independence are held in the House of the Signatories on February 16.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gedimino Palace

3) Gedimino Palace

Gedimino Palace was built in 1893 and once served as the headquarters for the Central Committee of the Lithuanian Communist Party. For four centuries the Palace was the political, administrative and cultural center of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Today, Gediminio Palace is the location for the newest shopping mall, called Gedimino 9. The district offers around 65 boutiques were customers can find famous Lithuanian trademarks such as Lindex, La Senza, Living, the Body Shop, Polarn O. Pyret, Teddy, and Kashmir.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Žaliasis Tiltas (Green Bridge)

4) Žaliasis Tiltas (Green Bridge)

The Green Bridge is a bridge over the Neris River in Vilnius. It is the oldest bridge in the city and connects city center with Šnipiškės.

The first bridge is known from 1536. It stood closer to the present-day Mindaugas Bridge. It was a wooden covered bridge with brick and stone piers. It had a second floor with apartments for toll collectors. The bridge was burned by retreating Lithuanian Army commanded by Janusz Radziwiłł after the Battle of Vilnius (1655).

The old piers from the first were reused and the second bridge was complete in 1679. In 1739 another wooden bridge was erected and painted green. Since then it is known as the Green Bridge. In 1789 a new project of a brick bridge was prepared by Laurynas Gucevičius. The project was not successful as the bridge burned in 1791. It was rebuilt according to a project by Michael Schulz in 1805, but burned again on orders from Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly during the French invasion of Russia of 1812.

The bridge was rebuilt in 1827–1829. A steel bridge was designed by Nikolai Belelyubsky and completed in 1894. It survived world War I, but was blown up by the Wehrmacht in 1944. The present-day bridge was completed in 1952 and named after Soviet General Ivan Chernyakhovsky. After the declaration of independence in 1990, the bridge regained its historical name.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Genocide Victims

5) Museum of Genocide Victims (must see)

The Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius, Lithuania was established in 1992 by order of the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and the President of the Union of Political Prisoners and Deportees. The museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting documents relating to the 50-year occupation of Lithuania by the Soviet Union, the Lithuanian resistance, and the victims of the arrests, deportations, and executions that took place during this period. The non-violent aspect of the resistance is represented by various books, underground publications, documents, and photographs. The collection pertaining to the Forest Brothers' armed resistance includes documents and photographs of the partisans. A section devoted to the victims of deportations, arrests, and executions holds photographs, documents, and personal belongings; this collection is continually expanded by donations from the public, seeing the museum as the best means of preserving the materials.

Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Lukiškės Square

6) Lukiškės Square

Lukiškės Square is the largest square (about 4 ha) in Vilnius, Lithuania, located in the center of the city. A major street in Vilnius, Gediminas Avenue, passes by the southern border of the square. It is surrounded by many public buildings, including Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign affairs, Appeals Court, Academy of Music and Theater, Church of St. James and St. Phillip, Dominican Monastery with former St. Jacob Hospital. Currently the city of Vilnius holds a contest to redesign the square.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Vilnius, Lithuania

Create Your Own Walk in Vilnius

Create Your Own Walk in Vilnius

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vilnius is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums of Vilnius

Museums of Vilnius

Vilnius is recognized as a city of culture. The city offers a large number of museums that house interesting and original exhibitions. A couple of museums were set up in the palaces of former nobility. Visitors will have an opportunity to visit national exhibitions as well as appreciate works of international artists, all of which are represented in the museums throughout the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Religious Buildings

Religious Buildings

Vilnius is well-known as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vilnius. Here you will discover a large number of gorgeous religious buildings designed in different architectural styles such as Gothic, Baroque, and several other designs.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Shopping in Vilnius

Shopping in Vilnius

Since the Soviet Period, possibilities for shopping in Vilnius have vastly improved. Vilnius is now characterized as a shopping heaven, thanks to state-of-the-art shopping venues that are very popular among tourists from Eastern Europe. The most popular shopping items include jewelry, wooden handicrafts, and alcoholic beverages.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Vilnius' Old Town

Vilnius' Old Town

Europe's greatest architectural achievements such as Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical styles blend perfectly in the nation's capital of Lithuania. You will find the most attractive places of the city in this district.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Nightlife in Old Town

Nightlife in Old Town

Vilnius Nightlife is vibrant, colorful, and offers quality entertainment. The city leaves an unforgettable experience with each tourist thanks to live music, huge dance floors, groovy atmosphere, food, and delicious cocktails.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Fascinating Architecture of Vilnius

Fascinating Architecture of Vilnius

The architecture of Vilnius is very beautiful and diverse. Europe's greatest architectural styles such as Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical blend perfectly in the capital of Lithuania. Visitors will instantly recognize such landmarks as Gate of Dawn, Gediminas Tower, and Presidential Palace.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles