On 16 February 1918, the Act of Independence of Lithuania was signed, effectively creating the modern Lithuanian state, with Vilnius as its capital. It is one of the most important dates in the nation’s history – the birth of a new democratically-run country.
The Act laid the foundation for the creation of a state based on the principles of equality, freedom and prosperity, where different nationalities and social groups could co-exist. Its signatories were twenty Lithuanians elected to the Council of Lithuania and entrusted with the task of creating an independent Lithuanian state. The signatories’ backgrounds and subsequent fates were very diverse.
As part of the Centennial celebration, this tour aims to shed light on the most important sites of the events leading up to the signing of the Act of Independence of Lithuania, as well as the places central to Lithuanian cultural life in the early 20th century.
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