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Wedding Parties in Uzupis

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Whilst making my way down to the river that runs alongside the independent “nation” of Uzupis last Saturday I came across a wedding party that was braving the elements on one of the bridges across the river.

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Uzupis is exclusive, most unusual and most bohemian neighborhood in Vilnius. Uzupis residents safely say that it is a country in the country. This tiny area of the town, with the spirit of romance, booming tolerance hovering in the air, abundance of creative energy, flows of inspiration, creates true art and breaks all, even the smallest, stereotypes.

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The Uzupis name means “beyond the river” and is protected by Vilnelė River that encircles it. This tiny district has as many as seven bridges leading to this spot of art and romance. When visiting, a viewing of the impressive Uzupis bridge with hundreds of small padlocks is essential viewing. They are brought here…

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Sardinija comes to Uzupis………

Uzupis is a must if you visit Vilnius

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If you happen to be wandering around Uzupis and come to the little square where the “angel of Uzupis” statue resides then stand in front of it, look directly ahead and you will see a relatively new cafe and deli by the name of “Sardinija.”

I stopped off for a coffee in this little place and spent some time looking at wines and olive oils, all of Sardinian origin, and of which I knew very little. The young man serving spoke excellent English (my goodness we have a lot to learn in the UK about languages!) and we had a lengthy conversation about coffee, wine, food and oils.

I had a very good cappuccino and then the young man insisted I try the espresso, free of charge, and which, as a coffee lover gratefully accepted. I also tried a glass of Sardinian wine (very reasonably priced at one euro) and…

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Uzupis………you never know what to expect!

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On my numerous visits to Vilnius in Lithuania I always find time to wander round the bohemian quarter called Uzupis which is sometimes compared to Monmartre in Paris or Christiania in Copenhagen.

We only eat apples………. We only eat apples……….

On my most recent visit in September 2014 I came across toilets placed in the middle of the river (living art), photographs placed along the river sides as well as one of the funniest signs I have seen in a long time concerning apple eaters.

A bit chilly to the cheeks……….. A bit chilly to the cheeks………..

Užupis is a “republic” of artists. It has its own anthem, constitution (which is one of the funniest documents you will ever read!), president, bishop, two churches, one of the oldest graveyards in Vilnius (Bernardine Cemetery), seven bridges, and a guardian (the bronze angel of Užupis). The constitution of the Republic of Užupis is displayed on a fence at the beginning of Paupio Street…

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Wedding Rituals in Uzupis………………….

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On one of our early visits to Vilnius when we were still exploring different parts of the city we wandered into the district known as Uzupis and came upon the “Uzupis Angel” in the little square at the entrance to the district. The sculpture of an angel was placed in the central square of Užupis in 2002. The bronze angel, also created by sculptor Romas Vilčiauskas, has become the symbol of Užupis.

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Užupis is sometimes compared to Monmartre in Paris or Christiania in Copenhagen. Užupis is a “republic” of artists. It has its own anthem, constitution, president, bishop, two churches, one of the oldest graveyards in Vilnius (Bernardine Cemetery), seven bridges, and a guardian (the bronze angel of Užupis). The constitution of the Republic of Užupis is displayed on a fence at the beginning of Paupio Street in around 15 different languages (you have to read it as it is hilarious…

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Bernardinu Parkas………….and Fountains of Light

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It was my last night in Vilnius and my colleague suggested that we go down to Bernardinu Parkas in Uzupis as there was going to be a water display with lights and music.DSC_0815

 

So around 7.45 we wandered down to the park where quite a number of people had already gathered to see the water display………….many of them with young children who were running around and getting very excited at what was about to happen.

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At exactly 8.00pm the water display started and for the next 45 minutes I stood and watched the wonderful display of water, shimmering colours and music.

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The music was a pretty eclectic combination of Lithuanian pop music and popular pieces from musicals and operas (so I was reliably informed by my colleague!).

 

As the water display progressed the young children got very excited…………and many of the adults present were very impressed with…

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The Uzupis Constitution (in about 18 different languages)

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DSC_0147A few years ago the district of Uzupis, in the city of  Vilnius, declared itself to be an independent republic. A President and bishop were appointed, four flags were designed [one for each season], and a suitable constitution was duly drawn up. The 41 rights which form the constitution are engraved on mirrors, attached to a wall on Paupio Street. In addition, it has a palace, an army [of 12] to defend it and a National Day [1st April], which may give some idea of just how important this bohemian little area has become. On national day you are required to show your passport to gain entry to Uzupis district

Here is a translation of the terms of the constitution –

  • Everyone has the right to live by the River Vilnelė, while the River Vilnelė has the right to flow by everyone.
  • Everyone has the right to hot…

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