Vilnius is Rich in History and Pop Culture

The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius played an important role in Tolstoy’s landmark epic “War and Peace,” but mostly a post-Napoleonic piece of the new Russian empire. Later, its history overlapped with that of Poland. Now, it’s a thriving, independent Baltic city whose Baroque and neoclassical roots, lauded by UNESCO, coexist with an longstanding appreciation of pop culture.