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Walking along Bernardinu gatve (Observantine Street, formerly Zaulek Bernardynski in Polish language) towards St. Anne's church I paid attention to lovely, renovated with good taste building on the left.
In the past it was Palace of Olizars' or Lapacinskis' (Palac Olizarów or Lapacinskich). The building was built in 18th century in late baroque and clasical style and was covered by beautiful baroque red-tiled roof (look at my picture). Now, it houses Hotel Shakespeare with a restaurant and pub.
Vilnius in 18th century at least to the beginning of 20th century was inhabited mostly by Polish and Jewish people. Look at the statistics from 1917:
Polish - 54%
Jewish - 41%
Lithuanian - 1,6 %.
Are you surprised?
Keep in mind that Vilnius since 1385 to 1792 belonged to common state of the two nations: Lithuania and Poland (a kind of federation called Commonwealth of the Two Nations). Since 1792 (with short breeaks during national uprisings and Napoleon's war) Vilnius was occupied by tsarist Russia up until as late as 1918.
Narcyz Olizar (1794-1862) was Polish count, poet, memorialist and Polish patriot, insurgent in 1830 who immigrated to Paris, France.
Gustaw Olizar (1798-1865) was like his brother Narcyz, Polish count, poet, memorialist and Polish patriot. He was imprisoned by Russian, tsarist authorities, exiled in Crimea (Ukraine, now) and forced to immigration where he lived in Oostende, Belgium.
Two poets in the past and... Shakespeare Hotel now - coincidence? Really?
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