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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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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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Wedding…………Vilnius Style

Another excellent shot from kindadukish

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On one of my early visits to Vilnius I came across this wedding party in the park below the castle, the women looked stunning in their matching dresses and as the bride and groom walked by I shouted to them and asked them to pose so that I could take a photograph………this is the result. I have no idea who they are but I do know it was a Lithuanian & Irish union. My thanks to them.

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