Friday, April 17, 2009

Schools From Lithuania

Hello everyone!
Two schools from Lithuania - Elektrenai Versmes gymnasium and Vilnius Gabijos gymnasium are welcoming all the project participants. We have started collecting information on one of 4 Unesco World heritage sites in Lithuania. We have chosen Vilnius Old town as it has got so many amazing cultural historical sites.In this project we are going to depict 8 of them.
In 1994 Vilnius (the capital city of Lithuania) Old Town was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List, because it corresponded to the following UNESCO World Heritage criteria:
1) from XIII c. till the end of XVIII c. Vilnius had a large influence to the urban, architectural and cultural development of the region (Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland) ;
2) Vilnius was the Central European City farthest to the East, where strong interaction between Eastern and Western cultures took place. Vilnius Old Town is characteristic example of the network of medieval streets and also has a big number of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism monuments. In 1995 - 1996 at the request of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania and Vilnius City Mayor, Vilnius Old Town Revitalisation Strategy was developed by an international group of Danish, Scottish and Lithuanian experts, with the support of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, World Bank, Norwegian and Danish governments. It was suggested to establish a new management instrument - Old Town Renewal Agency which is a non-profit organization. This agency set up the Information Centre. The Information Centre develops and implements heritage management training programmes designed for citizens, youth, investors and other public stakeholders, encouraging their awareness and interest in Vilnius Old Town values, ways for their preservation, thus seeking to attain the balance between development and heritage conservation. In addition, the Information Centre arranges exhibitions and participates in international conferences, thus promoting the Old Town in foreign countries.

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