This exhibition of
unique photographs reveals a distinctive and unparalleled aspect of the
culture of old Vilnius - its architectural monuments: sacral and public
buildings, monasteries, and their interiors. Over the centuries,
architectural features changed as the city developed and each epoch
contributed new constructions.
Old Vilnius is a
magnificent inherited treasure, a compilation of the skills of many
generations of architects from Lithuania and abroad. The photographs
presented here have captured the historical view of Vilnius which
suffered the changes of occupation and technology of the end of the 19th
- beginning of the 20th centuries, a distinctively expanded city
panorama innundated by modern buildings, and the irretrievably altered
beauty of the Vilnius surroundings.
The photographs selected
from the collections of the Vilnius University Library are the unique
works of internationally renowned photographers J.Czechowicz,
and others; they unfold the multi-ethnic cultural heritage of Vilnius
and highlight the fact that photography in Lithuania developed from a
trade to a world recognized art.
This exhibition presents
more than 80 photographs by various artists from the second half of the
19th century to 1914.
and illustrations for this Web page were provided by the Vilnius University
a more in-depth presentation we invite you to visit the
Vilnius in Old Photographs
Internet site, where you will find a more comprehensive introduction to the city
of Vilnius and its old photographs. Text prsented in Lithuanian and English.
Provided by the Vilnius University Library.
A Virtual Exhibition of a
Millennium of Lithuanian Cultural Heritage:
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