Užupis republic in Vilnius oldtown.

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Užupis is sometimes compared to Paris Montmartre District or Copenhagen Christianos. Uzupis is an "republic" of artists. Užupis has its own anthem, constitution, president, bishop, two churches, one of the oldest Bernardine cemetery in Vilnius, seven bridges and a patron saint - a bronze angel of Užupis ...

The Constitution of Uzupis Republic can be read at the beginning of Paupio street, on the fence. It is one of the oldest districts of Vilnius, mentioned in historical sources as early as the 16th century. In the ancient times, there were many mines in the wings and a poor neighborhoods where mostly craftsmen lived, and at the same time a brothel district was located nearby. During the Soviet times, Užupis was very neglected and earned the reputation of one of the most dangerous districts in Vilnius. Over time, artists started to work in low-priced Užupis homes - after all, there was the Academy of Fine Arts, behind the bridge. Nowadays there are alternative fashion festivals in Užupis, concerts, exhibitions, poetry readings, performances, original Užupis festivals ...

Currently, Užupis is one of the most prestigious and most expensive districts in Vilnius. Already the name of Užupis itself means "the place beyond the river". Vilnia River, often called Vilnius, is an integral part of Užupis. It is not surprising that another symbol of Užupis is a bronze medallion, otherwise known as the union of Užupis. Its author - sculptor Roman Vilciuskas. The mummy sits on a niche in the Vilnia quay. It is said that it is she who attracts people from all over the world to Užupis. And those who do not disregard her fires remain in Užupis forever.

An Angel sculpture was unveiled in central Užupis Square in 2002. This bronze angel created by sculptor Romas Vilciuskas became the symbol of Užupis.
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