Tibet Square in Vilnius gets its own plaque.

June 22, 2017

Mayor of Vilnius, Mr Remigijus S?imas?ius, and the Director of the House of Tibet, Mr Vytis Vidu?nas, at the unveiling the Tibet Square plaque.

Vilnius, Lithuania: June 21, 2017

Tibet Square located in the centre of Vilnius city in Lithuania got its own plaque on June 20, 2017, thereby formally establishing its place in the city landscape. It was opened seven years ago by the then Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe and Baltic States, Mr Thubten Samdup.

The Mayor of Vilnius Mr Remigijus Simasius formally unveiled the plaque in the presence of Mr Vytis Vidunas, the Director of the Vilnius based NGO House of Tibet.

The unveiling ceremony was attended by the Lithuanian MP Mr Andrius Navickas and other Tibet supporters.

In his short speech the Mayor noted that this plaque, together with the other such plaque of its kind, points to Vilnius as a city which is open to people of different nationalities, languages and religions. He further noted that despite an absence of a Tibetan community in Vilnius, the plaque unveiling was organised by the local Friends of Tibet community.

Vytis Vidunas in his speech recalled that His Holiness the Dalai Lama was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Lithuania after its declaration of independence in 1990. Mr Vidunas further remarked that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited Lithuania thrice since then: in 1991, 2001 and especially in 2013 when His Holiness visited Tibet Square in Vilnius and consecrated the "Mandala" sculpture there.

The plaque unveiling received wide media coverage in Lithuania.

The Tibet Square plaque with the Tibetan national flag.