Vilnius - Lithuania heart
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. This town is known as the largest and the finest town in the country. MORE
Vilnius is really important historical, cultural and academic hub of Eastern Europe. MORE
The first bridge was a wooden one, on the wooden piers, covered with the sliver roof, and had small shops located at each hand. At the time it had several names: Stone, The Great, Vilnia bridge.
Unfortunately in 1655 the Hozjusz bridge burned down, and was rebuilt only in 1674 following the project of the architect J.B. Ferdiani. The bridge was again wooden, with arches, and was often in need of repairs because of the spring floods. The bridge got his current name in the second part of the 18th century, when it was painted in green.
The Bridge burned several times in the end of the 18th – beginning of the 19th centuries. The rebuild projects were prepared by the architect of the classicist buildings: Martynas Knakfusas, Laurynas Stuoka Gucevicius.
The first wooden bridge was built in 1894, but it was blown up during the World War II. The Bridge with its current look was built in 1952. It has four small sculpture groups on all sides (“Science Youth” – authors Juozas Mikenas and Juozas Kedainis; “In the Peace Guard” – author Bronius Pundzius; “Agriculture” – authors Bernardas Pucas and Petras Vaivada; “Industry and Construction” – authors Napoleonas Petrulis and Bronius Vysniauskas). This Bridge was designed by the then Leningrad Design Institute, and built by the Russian army and the engineering subunit.