Architect Algimantas Nasvytis has been named honorary citizen of Lithuania's capital city Vilnius.
Algimantas Nasvytis
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

The proposal of the Vilnius Liberals to grant the title to Nasvytis, 87, was unanimously supported by the municipality's council on Wednesday.

People behind the proposal say the bid to name Nasvytis honorary citizen came from the Lithuanian Chamber of Architects.

"Without even noticing, we are faced with the work of Algimantas Nasvytis on a daily basis – we often walk past the National Drama Theater, the Seimas building, the White Bridge and monuments to [author] Žemaitė and [King] Mindaugas. It is a personality who contributed to making the face and spirit of Vilnius more beautiful over decades, he is without a doubt worthy of the name of honorary citizen of Vilnius," Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius said.

Nasvytis made his most outstanding designs together with his brother Vytautas who recently passed away. Nasvytis was also actively involved in the work of the Lithuanian liberation movement Sąjūdis in the 1980s.

Other honorary citizens of Vilnius include Lithuania's former president Algirdas Brazauskas, former US president Ronald Wilson Reagan, Iceland's former foreign minister Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson, Catholic priest Kazimieras Vasiliauskas, conductor and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, US former House of Representatives president John Dennis Hastert, Nobel Prize winning poet Czeslaw Milosz, poet Justinas Marcinkevičius, former US presidential adviser on national security Zbigniew Brzezinski, Mathematics professor Jonas Kubilius, poet and translator Tomas Venclova, former president of Israel Shimon Peres and architect and singer Algirdas Kaušpėdas.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuania's Venice Biennale pavilion will turn into singing beach

Lithuania's pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale next year will become a singing beach for a few months.

Lithuanian cultural workers to stage protest to demand higher salaries

Creative and cultural workers will next week stage a protest outside the government building in...

Lithuanian Film Summer Survivors by Marija Kavtaradzė to World Premiere at Toronto Film Festival

For the second year in a row Lithuania has been included in the Toronto International Film Festival...

New Torah scroll to be written at Vilnius' Choral Synagogue

A ceremony of starting the writing of a new Torah scroll will be held at the Choral Synagogue of...

Lithuania picks Matelis' 'Wonderful Losers. A Different World' for Oscar entry

Lithuania has selected "Wonderful Losers. A Different World", a documentary directed by Arūnas...