The 19th century pavement unveiled in the historic quarter of Vilnius will be preserved

An ancient stretch of road as high as 130 m was unveiled in Vilnius Gervėčių street, Rasų quarter, while managing the pits that opened after the winter. It turned out that the stone pavement is still in excellent condition.

According to Živilė Cibutavičienė, the chairwoman of the Rasų colony community, during the Soviet era, this section of road was paved with asphalt – a dust-free, level road was a priority at the time. However, after each winter, the road inevitably had to be fixed. This year, due to the changeable weather, a huge number of pits opened. While paving the road, we saw a large stretch of stone in excellent condition. The community agreed it was worthy of detection and protection. Everyone is happy not only with the recovered cultural value that adorns the quarter, but also with the improved road situation – it will no longer have to be fixed every spring.

Photos by Saulius Žiūra

Road users leveled the pavement, lowered the rainwater collection wells to the pavement level, tidied up the curbs, and today the stone pavement is almost in order. It is also planned to arrange the nearby footpath, to move bicycle paths on it – residents pushing prams or ride bicycles will not experience any inconvenience here.

The complex of buildings in the racial colony is also included in the list of the register of cultural values. It is a unique suburb of Vilnius, a historical part of the city that has changed little over time, with a special urban, archaeological and architectural heritage.

According to the representatives of Grinda, there are similar pavement sections in the Old Town, Žvėrynas and Naujamiestis. Their condition should also be quite good – asphalt poured during the Soviet era protected the stone roads.

Photos by Saulius Žiūra