The European Union has awarded a European Heritage Label to the modern interwar architecture of Kaunas, Lithuania's second-largest city. The decision was announced in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Kaunas Central Post Office. Photo Wikimedia Commons

Kaunas Modernism formed in the early 1930s when the city was Lithuania's temporary capital following the occupation of Vilnius Region by Poland.

The city boasts several dozen examples of exceptional modernistic architecture, with the Central Post Office considered the first Lithuanian modernistic building built in 1930-1931.

The Architecture and Urbanism Research Centre says the European interwar modernism ideas were brought to Lithuania by several Lithuanian architects who studied abroad. In Lithuania, modernistic architecture developed into its own specific form and is therefore called the Kaunas school of architecture.

European Heritage Labels were this week awarded to 16 nominees in total, including the 3 May 1791 Constitution proposed by Poland.

The European Heritage Label list was launched in 2006 and European countries can suggest the most significant cultural heritage objects and sites, which symbolize individual country's identity as part of Europe, as well outstanding people and historic events that played an important role in shaping the historic and cultural development of the individual country and Europe as a whole.

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