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Alley of Languages

   Both residents and guests of Anykščiai are kindly invited to take a walk down the Alley of Languages, the only pedestrian pathway of its kind in Lithuania. The pathway was started in Vyskupas (Bishop‘s) square on the initiative of Liudvika and Stanislovas Didžiuliai Public Library of Anykščiai Municipality in 2013. In the pavement tiles, found in the Alley, which is situated next to the Public Library and the monument to the poet and bishop Antanas Baranauskas, are inscribed the greeting "Laba diena" (Engl.: "Good afternoon", literal meaning "Good day") translated into different foreign languages.

   Currently, the guests and residents of the town are greeted on the Alley with inscriptions in Lithuanian, Belorussian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, French, Georgian, Hebrew, Japanese, Latvian, Norwegian, Romanian and Ukrainian languages.

   The Alley of Languages serves the idea of embodying the literary tradition and multilingualism as well as assists the formation of the image of Anykščiai as an open and tourist-friendly town and is also intended to mark the partnership Anykščiai boasts of holding with different towns and cities from foreign countries, as well as with diplomatic representations. Following the recently formed tradition, the tiles bearing the inscriptions are unveiled by diplomats and other officials representing their country the language of the greeting is spoken in.

   The first marble tile inscribed with "Šviesa" (Engl.: "The Light") in front of the Public Library building was unveiled on December 13, 2013 on the occasion of opening the newly-built Library building to the public. The ceremony was attended by Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, who unveiled the tile. Following this date, the Alley is annually complemented by new greetings in new languages.

"Dobar dan", the tile with a greeting in Croatian was unveiled by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Croatia to Lithuania Kreshimir Kedmenec on September 19, 2020.

"Доброго дня!", the tile bearing the Ukrainian greeting was first introduced to the public by the Ukrainian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Lithuania Volodymyr Yatsenkivskyi on July 5, 2019.

"שָׁלוֹם" [Shalom], the tile, greeting the visitors of the Alley in Hebrew was unveiled by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Lithuania Amir Maimon on March 1, 2018.

"こんにちは" [Konnichiva], the tile with an inscription in Japanese was presented to the public by  the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Lithuania Toyoei Shigeeda on June 5, 2017.

"Tere" and "Labdien", the tiles in Estonian and Latvian were unveiled on September 9, 2016 by the representatives of the twin towns of Anykščiai: the Manager of the Public Library of Raplos County (Estonia) Oie Passlepp and the Manager of the Public Library of Madona County (Latvia) Imelda Saulite.

"Добры дзень", the tile with a greeting in Belorussian was introduced to the public by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belorus to Lithuania Aleksandr Korol on February 26, 2016.

"Buna ziua", the tile with the Romanian greeting was unveiled on August 10, 2015 by the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova to Lithuania Victor Palii.

"Dobrý den", the tile, greeting the Alley visitors in the Czech language was unveiled by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Lithuania Bohumil Mazánek on May 19, 2015.

"God dag", the tile bearing an inscription in the Norwegian language was unveiled on July 18, 2014 by the Norwegian photographer Per Ole Hagen, who launched his photography exhibition called "The Real Concerts of the Norwegian Heavy Metal" in the town, too.

"გამარჯობა" [Gomardzhoba], the tile with a greeting in Georgian was unveiled by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Lithuania Khatuna Salukvadze on April 29, 2014.

"Laba diena" and "Bonjour", the tiles greeting the visitors in Lithuanian and French were unveiled on March 28, 2014 by the Director of the Institute of the Lithuanian Language prof. Elena Jolanta Zaborskaitė and the Language Attaché of the Institute of the French Language to the French Embassy in Lithuania Luc Aubry.

© 2017 Anykščiai municipality. Solution: UAB "Fresh Media"
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