1 Soviet Vilnius in Pictures

Soviet Vilnius in Pictures

Posted on June 13, 2017 by tim

Lithuania was part of USSR since WW2 and became independent in 1991. Since 2004 it’s part of European Union and has euro currency circulating since 2015. But let’s look how the country capital city Vilnius was looking during Soviet Era. Starting with this Lithuanian student of Vilnius State University in 1977.

Panoramic photo of Vilnius, Lithuanian capital in 1965.

Touristic book store on Gorky street in Vilnius historical centre. 1966.


Inside the “Gintas” hotel in Vilnius. 1966.

“To the bright future” mosaics in Vilnius. 1966.

Vilnius State University was founded in 1579, was the oldest and biggest university in USSR.


Vilnius city square.

Gediminas tower on a castle square, 1969.

Newly built panel Soviet typical houses in Vilnius. You can see a Zaporozhets car near one of them. 1969.


“Lenin’s Square” in Vilnius. 1969. This Lenin figure was lately dismounted when Lithuania got its independence.

Another newly built house in Vilnius 1972. Lithuanians as all other Soviet citizens were getting apartments for free from the Soviet State.

“Rimma Dolls” were produced by Vilnius toy factory in Soviet times. 1972.


Restaurant on one of the Vilnius central streets.

Vilnius state university graduate students. 1972.

Young citizens of Vilnius in 1972.


Lenin avenue in Vilnius 1973.

Lithuanian boys choir, 1973.

Gediminas tower on the Castle mountain in VIlnius, 1973.


Another new Soviet built neighborhood in Vilnius, 1979.

“Good morning” sculpture in a new Vilnius neighborhood 1980.


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One response to “Soviet Vilnius in Pictures”

  1. Benjamin Zibble says:

    In Switzerland today in almost all newly developed areas it looks just the very same as in the picture with the title “Another new Soviet built neighborhood in Vilnius, 1979.” The difference is, there are even less trees, greenery and much more asphalt right around the buildings. Even childrens play grounds are built just besides the streets instead of in the centres of the new living areas. Also most new buildings are calculated und built to last a few decades only… after a couple of years they (the new buildings) beginn to show dark atains from wind and weather and soon look like many decades old. it is all in all a grave time for architecture fit for healthy living…

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