Jewish heritage in Vilnius
Lithuanian capital Vilnius dates back to the beginning of the 14th century, times of growth and prosperity of the Great Lithuanian Dutchy. Being of great importance in the region, Vilnius started attracting people of different cultures and religions. The remaining cultural and arcitectural sights still remind us of the prosperous Middle Ages. In 1994, Vilnius Old Town was accounced to be UNESCO world heritage boasting vast area, many cultural sights and the Jewish quarter, dating back to the 17th century. By 18th century it already was one of the largest Jewish religious, cultural and political centers in Europe. The area was an important sight attracting numerous famous Jews who would visit Vilnius looking to immerse in the unique spirit of the city and find ideas for their creative endeavours. In 1897, the population of the city was 154, 532 people with Jewish making up 40%, or 61, 847 of the total. The most famous Vilnius Jewish personalities include Vilna Gaon (1720-1797), Zemach Shabad (1864-1935), Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), Lasar Segall (1891 – 1957), Chaim Grade (1910 – 1982), Romain Gary (1914 – 1980), Aizik Meyer Dik (1814 – 1893).
During the tour, you will learn about the history of Vilnius and Lithuania, see the most famous historical sights and the lovely panoramic view of the city (please note that a tour inside the sights is not included). You will also visit Jewish area and get to learn about the Vilnius Jews and their life.
When: We will arrange a tour at a time convenient for you!
Pick-up point: We will pick you up from your hotel in Vilnius, railway/bus station or other place upon your request
Price per 1 person: 25 EUR p.p. (15+ people)
Included in the price: Tour guide service, transportation, pedestrian tour in Vilnius Old Town and Jewish quarter, visiting the surviving Jewish cultural and historical sights, visit to Vilnius scenic lookout.
Optional: visit to Tolerance Centre (Museum of Vilnius Gaon), the Great Synagogue, Memorial Museum of Paneriai.