The Lithuanian capital was first mentioned in a record dating back to 1323, so there will be celebrations throughout 2023 to commemorate the anniversary.
Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas first mentioned Vilnius in a letter dated 25 January 1323 and encouraged the inhabitants of the surrounding countries to settle in Lithuania. It is from here that the city dates its existence and, as the main document, a copy of this letter is on display in the Gediminas Tower, the city’s main landmark, to mark the 700th anniversary.
The event series runs until mid-summer, until the 25 July feast day of the city’s patron saint, St. Christopher, when numerous exhibitions, festivals, and individual cultural events are organized. As the slogan is “Vilnius 700 years young”, several events will focus on young people. The closing event on 25 July will be the As Young As Vilnius music festival, where thousands of music lovers will be treated to free concerts by international stars and local artists.
Source, photos: Vilnius 700