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Vilnius
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capital of the Republic of Lithuania (Baltic countries), with a population of 554,060 (2011); it is situated in southeastern Lithuania where the Vilnia joins the Neris, a tributary of the Memel. Its earliest mention in a document is in a 1323 letter of Grand Duke Gediminas. When Grand Duke Jogaila accepted baptism in 1387 and saw to the building of a cathedral, he also granted Vilnius a city charter modeled on the Magdeburg Law. The personal union of Lithuania with Poland in 1385 …

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Hauptmann, Peter, “Vilnius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_224284>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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