“Is it possible that such a small nation as Lithuanians may dream of being independent among such great imperialists as the Russians and the Germans?” – George Nathaniel Curzon Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Great Britain) in 1920. And 5 years later, in Kaunas, Cyril Douglas Elphick, Consul of Great Britain, openly prophesied Lithuania for no more than three years of independence.
From the press of that time: “Everyone who comes to Panevėžys notices the lighting of the city streets. Even at midnight, you can nicely read a newspaper here. The streets of Panevėžys are even better lightened than Liberty Avenue or other central streets in Kaunas”.
The most direct road to Riga, special fired bricks, a stopped watch and a silent cinema.
A city found by the Radziwiłł family. The largest railway junction in Lithuania – even sparrows were black due to coal-fired locomotives in the city. There was not only a railway here but probably the only secret military airmail in the country. Radviliškis was the largest railway junction not only in Lithuania but also in Libau-Romny (Ukraine) railway line built 150 years ago.
From the press of that time: “We are becoming the suburbs of Kaunas... Žemaičių plentas highway makes it so close that a car trip from one city to another takes no longer than a walk from Laisvės alėja to Panemunė.”
Laisvės alėja (Liberty Avenue) – the street of movie theatres, once movie theatres Romuva, Metropolitain, Palas, Triumf, Odeon, Glorija, Pasaka, Daina, Aušra, Forum, Kapitol were operating there. Today it is the longest pedestrian street in Eastern Europe.