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The European Park

Not far from the geographical centre of Europe, nineteen kilometres to the north of the centre of Vilnius, surrounded by beautiful landscape there is a unique open air museum, called "Europos parkas".

In 1991 sculptor and park founder Gintaras Karosas cleared the abandoned forest, paved paths, and dug ponds, turning this forgotten piece of nature into a place of beauty and art. Nowadays The European Park occupies a territory of more than 55 hectares and exhibits over 100 sculptures of artists from 32 countries in total, among them the most prominent contemporary artists such as Abakanowicz, LeWitt, Oppenheim, and Pepper. The sculptures stand informally, each of them having their suitable natural setting, some of the work designed for a specific area. The scale of the sculptures differ – from the lying on the ground to up to ten meters high, some of them occupying only 1 m2, while others taking space of 3 135 m2. The average weight of exhibits is around 1000 tons; the materials used are mainly stone, wood, and concrete.

There is a special monument in the park to mark the geographical Centre of Europe: the granite plaques are engraved with the information of distances between the centre and different capitals of the World. For example, distance to Paris – 1 705 km, to Lisbon – 3 129 km, while the biggest distance is to the New Zealand’s capital Wellington – 17 310 km!

In the Europe Park besides seeing the contemporary sculptures, visitors are welcome to enjoy the stunning park itself or participate in special programmes such as guided tours, creative lessons, and nocturnal excursions.

After the visit to the park we invite you to continue your trip to the Liubavas Manor Watermill Museum. This monument of technological heritage tells the story of the manor, displaying exhibits of the authentic fixtures of the mill. Interestingly, the Lubow watermill is fully restored for demonstrations: from the grain processing o, wood and metal to fuelling and power generation. Even a hundred – year – old water turbine has been brought back to life! Taking an excursion to the Liubavas Manor Watermill Museum is a unique opportunity to become more familiar with the most important object of the traditional industrial heritage in our country. Besides it is one of the oldest and most romantic manors in Lithuania, located in a picturesque area near River Gerėja, which is also known as Žalesa.

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