The city of Vilnius was mentioned for the first time in a letter written on 25 January 1323 by its ruler, Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas. This is the first known reference to the eternal capital of Lithuania in written sources. And this is why the 700th anniversary of Vilnius is rightly being celebrated in 2023. To properly mark this anniversary and commemorate a special historical fact, Vilnius Club took the initiative to create a monument that will be erected alongside Gediminas Tower, in the Grand Courtyard of the restored Palace of the Grand Dukes.
The author of this monument, which is called Mandates of Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas to Vilnius and Lithuania, is the sculptor Martynas Gaubas, with Ina and Darius Zubas as patrons. The texts from Gediminas’s letters were selected by Professor Rimvydas Petrauskas. The monument, which is Vilnius Club’s gift for the 700th anniversary of Vilnius, will be handed over for safekeeping to the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania