Vilnius has many names, many faces and many mysteries. Seeming to be in the remote corner of Europe, it is, in fact, located less than 20 kilometres from the geographical centre of Europe. And, indeed, Vilnius is like a miniature Europe in one town and you can find here everything – from Italianate Baroque to Russian Orthodox churches, from German Gothic to Austrian Rococo architecture and traces of the Jewish past. It is a city, where one street can tell you a thousand stories.
No wonder, for several centuries it is the best kept secret of the world famous artists and the secret source of their inspiration – from great poets and writers, from Adam Mickiewicz, Czesław Miłosz and Romain Gary, to the great painters Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine and Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, as well as the composers Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis and Rodion Shchedrin.
We have promised – the picturesque Vilnius is a city of many faces, many names and curiosities. Come to Vilnius to find the Europe, come to Vilnius to find your inspiration. Come to Vilnius to fall in love.
Novelist and art historian, laureate of Vilnius’ Saint Christopher’s Award