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Exhibition " Constitution of May 3" opened in Vilnius


The exhibition „Constitution of May 3“ was solemnly opened in exposition and education hall of Lithuanian archives. Exhibition is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Statehood of Lithuania ant to the 25th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania.

The opening of exhibition in Lithuania was initiated by Directorate of State Archives of Poland. The idea has been implemented by Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw, Office of the Chief Archivist of Lithuania, Lithuanian State Historical Archives. The content of the exhibition in the Lithuanian language was translated by Polish institute in Vilnius.

Guests from Poland and Latvia, historians, Lithuanian archivists, heads and representatives of state institutions participated in the opening ceremony.

Participants of opening ceremony were greeted by the chief archivist of Lithuania Ramojus Kraujelis and director of Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw Hubert Wajs. H. Wajs, one of the main organizers of the event, highlighted the common history of Poland and Lithuania from marriage between Casimir the great and Aldona Ona, the daughter of Lithuanian grand duke Gediminas in 1333 to the Constitution of May 3 in 1791, which at that time was the first modern democratically adopted Constitution in Europe. The director of Polish institute in Vilnius Marcin Lapczynski and historian, expert and assistant professor of Vilnius university Eligijus Raila gave speeches. E. Raila claimed that the most important thing about this constitution is the place of law in the development of the constitutional thought. According to the historian, with this constitution the modern age thought of parliamentarism has started.


The special atmosphere of the event was created by string quartet from The National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art which is lead by teacher Irma Bakševičienė. Quartet played pieces by Franc Schubert, Mikalojus Konstatntinas Čiurlionis and Christoph Willibald von Gluck.

Exhibition in Lithuanian Archival building in Vilnius (Mindaugas st., 8) will be exhibited until November the 9th. Later exhibition will travel to other Lithuanian cities and regions.


Photos by Rūta Steponavičiūtė.

Updated by: Andrius Zilnys, Dokumentų ir archyvų valdymo ir naudojimo skyrius
Updated: 2017-10-24 17:54