"Uzupio" Vilnius Things to Do Tip by IreneMcKay
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After Lithuania gained its independence this breakway republic decided to declare itself independent, too.
Located in the centre of Vilnius, just across the river from St Anne's Church , Uzupio attracted a community of artists and misfits, who decided to write their own constitution and declare themselves independent. Their independence Day is on April 1st and on that day people crossing into Uzupio can have their passport stamped.
The Uzupio constitution includes clauses such as granting every dog the right to be a dog.
In the centre of Uzupio, at the junction of Uzupio and Malunro, there once stood a giant egg statue. It was eventually claimed that this egg was hatching and on the first of April 2002,the now covered up egg was unveiled to reveal that it had changed into a beautiful angel statue. We found the original egg statue still going strong in a square near the Great Choral Synagogue.
Uzupio is worth a visit for its sheer lunacy. There are lots of restaurants here. We had a pleasant meal in the Uzupio pizza restaurant. The Bernadine Cemetery is in this area. Although we did not have time to visit this cemetery, it is described as the most romantic cemetery in Vilnius due to its beautiful location along the river.
Directions: Walk across one of the bridges near St Anne's Church and you will see the defaced signs declaring you are entering the Republic of Uzupio.
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