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Memorial for January 13th

A memorial situated at the house of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania immortalizes the memory of defenders of Lithuania’s freedom and events of January 13th. Fragments of parliamentary defence fortification remained at the houses of the Seimas were incorporated into the memorial. The design of the memorial was created by Vilniaus Architektūros Studija (project manager – Kęstutis Kisielius, author – Alfonsas Vaškevičius) in 2008.

Architects preserved an authentic fragment of parliamentary defence walls in 1991 and elements of the fine architecture. Fragments of defence barricades, wooden pillar-type crosses and pillar-type crosses with the historical statue of St. Virgin Mary were enclosed into a spatial glass construction, and photographs of perished defenders of freedom were placed inside it.

The memorial may be inspected from outside at any time, whereas every Wednesday, from 11.00 to 13.00, meetings with representatives of the Union of Defenders of Independence are arranged.

On 13 January 1991, an attempt was made to carry out a coup using the armed forces. During the assault on Vilnius TV tower and Tele Radio Committee office by the Soviet military units, 14 Lithuanians lost their lives.