Uzupio Respublika, Vilnius

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Užupis is a neighborhood in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, largely located in Vilnius' old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Užupis means "the other side of the river" in the Lithuanian language and refers to the Vilnia River; the name Vilnius was derived from the Vilnia. The district has been popular with artists for some time, and has been compared to Montmartre in Paris and to Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen, due to its bohemic and laissez-faire atmosphere. On April 1, 1997, the district declared itself an independent republic . Since the first of November 2014 Jaap van Ark is president of republic Užupis.GeographyUžupis is quite small and isolated, being only about 148acre in size; it has around 7,000 inhabitants, nearly 1,000 being artists. On one side it is separated from the Old Town by the Vilnia River, on the second there are steep hills, and on the third side it borders on an industrial area built under soviet rule, which is now to be rebuilt into a fashionable district. The first bridges across the river were built in the 16th century, at which time the district's inhabitants were mostly Jewish.
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  • In every my visiting to Vilnius, I come here. I like this place so much! I like these streets, these old houses, these cafe and restaurants... I love you, an Angel of Uźupio!  more »
  • The mermaid is supposed to save people from drowning in the river. I still wouldn't jump hoping for salvation :-)  more »
  • An interesting sculpture towards the central square and the Tower of Gedemina. It is visible from the bridge. Taking pictures with the other hand.
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  • I always liked the place when real people lived there.
  • The most amazing place in Vilnius. Everything is different there, different and perfect
  • Very nice area of the city.
  • I attended a public tour of this exclusive community within Vilnius. A place that is accepting of people, no matter their sex, race, orientation or beliefs. An eye opener!
  • I was enjoying Vilnius but visiting this place just made my day. No words to describe the beauty of the "Laws of the Republika".

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