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“Electra. How Did Vilnius Enlighten?”

In commemoration of three anniversaries (the 700th anniversary of Vilnius, 120th anniversary of the first Vilnius Power Plant and 20th anniversary of the Energy and Technology Museum), a collection of historical stories, unseen photographs and comics has been published in a book, which reveals the most interesting facts about the capital of Lithuania.

5 kg of bacon could have saved the Vilnius Central Power Plant from being blown up during the Second World War. How the future president Józef Piłsudski committed a train robbery, Vilnius was ravaged by floods, a power plant worker was imprisoned by the KGB for the fact that the electric busbars were painted in the colors of the Lithuanian flag, and the sculpture “Electra” (or Zosė) decorating the roof of the museum’s administrative building was torn down due to superstition.

The book “Electra. How Did Vilnius Enlighten?” was compiled by the Energy and Technology Museum’s Head Curator of Museum Funds, historian Vladas Burokas, art historian Gintarė Urniežė, art editor Skaistė Balkytė, illustrated by Povilas Baranauskis. The abundantly illustrated history of the modernization of Vilnius will attract not only history lovers.

Published by the Lithuanian Energy Museum, 2023.

You can buy the book at the museum’s info center (price – 10 Eur) and

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