the largest city and capital of Lithuania. The city is picturesquely situated along
the banks of the Neris and Vilnia rivers and among wooded hills. The old part of the town
near the Hill Gediminas, is on the left bank of the Vilnia, not far from its confluence
with Neris; numerous examples of architectural styles, dating from the Gothic to the
Russian imperial period , have been preserved in the old town. The city centre is on the
left bank of the Neris, Northwest of the old town; it holds many public offices, schools,
and industrial and commercial installations. The modern town, which developed in the 19th
century Southwest of the old town, occupies the upper level of the valley of the Neris.
The extensive Vingis park is located in the bend of the Neris Northwest of the modern
town. The older and better known suburbs, which have since become part of the city, are
Antakalnis, Snipiskes and Uzupis. After World War II the residential sections of Zirmunai,
Lazdynai, Karoliniskes, Pasilaiciai, Fabijoniskes, Virsuliskes were built, and for
administrative purposes several villages and small towns were incorporated into the city,
including Naujoji Vilnia, 8 km east of the city centre.