World Senior Team Chess Championship 2014 | Vilnius, Lithuania
Welcome to World Senior Chess Team Championship 2014
I would like to cordially invite chess players all over the world to the 1st World Senior Team Chess Championship in Vilnius City. Vilnius is truly a charming city and the best kept secret of Europe. I believe that today's spirit of tolerance and creativity makes Lithuanian capital an exceptional city. I look forward to meeting you in Vilnius!
Mayor of Vilnius City
Today, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is one of the most frequently visited cities of Eastern Europe. It draws attention, not only because of its unique architectural character, but also by its cultural events and attractions.
During the first ten years of independence the city has become a tourist attraction centre. It is, therefore, not surprising that during these ten years the number of tourists has consistently increased and at the same time tourist infrastructure and services have been developed.
Vilnius, as the capital of Lithuania, is the home of the President, the Seimas, the Government and the Supreme Court. Diplomatic missions, educational, cultural, financial, research, and healthcare institutions are based here.
It is also the largest city of the country. According to the 2012 statistics, the population of Vilnius is 523,000 people, which accounts for 17 per cent of the total population of the country. Vilnius is home to people of different ethnic backgrounds. Ethnic Lithuanians – 57.8%, Poles – 18.7%, Russians – 14%, Belarusians – 4%, Jews – 0.5%, and representatives of other ethnic backgrounds account for the remaining 5%.
Vilnius occupies an area of about 400 square kilometres of which 20.2% approximately is developed, and the remainder is green space (43.9% approx.) and water (2.1% approx.). The historical centre of Vilnius, the Old Town, (Senamiestis) is one of the largest old town centres in Eastern Europe (covering almost 360 hectares). The Old Town is situated in a picturesque valley of two rivers – the Vilnia and the Neris, at the crossroads of trade roads, next to the ford, which was guarded by Vilnius castle in the olden times.
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Gediminas’ Tower of the Upper Castle, Cathedral Basilica, Gates of Dawn, Church of St. Anne, ...MORE
Signs of Vilnius, The Road of Freedom, “Miracle” Tile („Stebuklas”), “Apple” Tile („Obuoliukas), Literatai Street, ...MORE
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum, Gediminas’ Tower of the Upper Castle, National Gallery of Art, Museum of Genocide Victims (KGB), ...MORE
Gates of Dawn, Cathedral Basilica, Church of Sts Johns, Church of St Anne, Bernardine Church, ...MORE