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The Šlapelis House Museum

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The life and work of Dr. Jurgis and Marija Šlapelis reflects the life of the region of Vilnius from the second half of the 19th century to 1940. Both of them have been cultural figures in Lithuania. Marija was actress. They published Lithuanian books that were banned at that time

Dr. Jurgis and Marija Šlapelis owned the only Lithuanian language bookstore in Vilnius during 1906-1949. The Šlapelis family bought the house in 1926. Before, it was a goldsmith’s workshops, and later housed a small holet called the Hotel de Philadelphie, and a wine shop

The building is an example of the 17-th century architecture. Dr. Jurgis died in 1941, and Marija in 1977 at the age of 97. After WWII, the house was nationalised, and, therefore, Marija Šlapelis was forced to live in two small rooms upstairs, with the only access to them through another person’s quarters. Marija stipulated in her will that if independence was regained for Lithuania the house should be made into a museum. Accordingly, the present museum is opened in 1991


All photos are copyrighted by Vladislav B. Sotirovic

© Vladislav B. Sotirovic 2020

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