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Europa, Vilnius

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The Europa Tower is the tallest skyscraper in the Baltic states. It is located in a district of Lithuania's capital, Vilnius, called Šnipiškės. It rises 148 meters above ground level. It was designed by the Vilnius based, Audrius Ambrasas Architects Company. Dominating the skyline of the newly developing New City Center, the building was completed and officially opened on 1 May 2004, as part of Lithuania's celebrations upon entering the European Union. The skyscraper caused some controversy among some of the public and some watch-dog groups because of its interference with the historic skyline of the Vilnius' Old Town. Despite varying opinions, the tower is now often regarded as a modern landmark of the Lithuanian capital. There is an observation deck on the open roof terrace at 114m.Project historyThe first announcements concerning the building appeared on the Internet in 2002, when some computer generated renderings were published on an architectural website. The initial design had thirty floors which were later updated, when three additional floors were added. This change in the original plan by the architect and developer, caused a confrontation with various heritage protection agencies. However, the project was approved by the municipality of Vilnius and was implemented according to the new plan. Construction started in late 2002, and was fully completed by April 2004. The tower is part of the Europa Square Complex, located in the New City Center, and is on the right bank of River Neris.
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  • It's a shopping mall on the edge of the old town, across the river Neris, and can easily be reached on foot. Very modern, develops vertically on 5 floors and, while not as large as the Akropolis, has the best shops and, in some ways, more stately. There are also restaurants and bars. Toilets spotless.
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  • Europa is a three-story shopping centre walking distance from city centre, with parking. Small, modern, nice and well kept. Not overcrowded. Very easy to find. There are shops, restaurants, cafes and ...  more »
  • Lots of shops in a clean, well lit mall. We came here looking for dinner but there are limited dining options - perhaps, 5 restaurants and no fast food court - and some of them close earlier than the ...  more »
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  • I would have to say its one of the most modern (good looking) shopping malls i've seen, but there aren't many visitors. There are several restaurants and a grocery shop downstairs. Free toilets.
  • Compact yet fully functional and elegant shopping mall in the city centre. Good restaurants on the upper floor. Parking in the covered multi storey garage by the side may be a bit tight but usually you could still get some place in the very top levels.
  • Not very many shops, but these ones are expensive, mostly fashion brands where prices are higher than usually.
  • Fancy shopping center in the young business area of Vilnius. Perfect for a good pasta in Vapiano restaurant!
  • This is business and shopping center not very big and not very crowded, but with many different restaurants

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