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Business District in Vilnius

P1000375This is my favourite view of the new business district taken on one of my earlier visits in 2009.

Walking across the white pedestrian bridge (Baltasis tiltas) over the River Neris to Upes see the VCUP (Vilnius Central Department Store) on the right (the old cooperative store in soviet times) and Hotel Lietuva (now a Radisson hotel) famous for its Sky Bar, casino and Riverside restaurant centre left. (Rumour has it that it was a favourite meeting place for soviet big-wigs, local mafya, and call girls before independence).

P1000377You can see the Europa Centre in the centre background further back on Konstitucijos pr.and various office blocks housing banks and IT centres. Halfway across the bridge is Mambo Pizza close to the Summer sports areas and the skateboard park.

P1000378You can also see to the left a sculpture of the logo for European Capital of Culture.

P1000233New buildings have sprung up since then to add to the skyline and there is now the Ray-Spear sculpture (Spindulys-ietis) piercing the bridge.

This was created by K. Vildžiūnas and M. Lukošius in 2010 and is part of the project ‘Signs of Vilnius’ (Vilniaus Zenklai) dedicated to the capital city.


A city of contrasts

DSCF1355 - Version 2Old and new, side by side on Konstitucijos pr. in Vilnius.

Not sure who lives in the wooden house but they have a nice car!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd the one below I took on one of my first visits and it’s opposite the former Lukiškes prison (the one that was built in Tsarist times as a gift from France based on La Sante jail in Paris; it looks like a church).

It’s next to modern office blocks in Lukiškiu square and not far from the parliament building.