Did you know that Vilnius is the closest capital to the geographical center of Europe?
The geographical center is the central point on the earth’s surface. We can talk about the geographic center of a valley, of a mountain, of a town, of a city, of a country, of a continent and thus continue indefinitely.
In 1989, several scientists from the French National Geographic Institute located the geographical center of Europe near the town of Purnuškės. At 26 kilometers north of the city of Vilnius, Lithuania, exactly 54 ° 54’N – 25 ° 19’E. This is included in the Guinness World Book of Records.
To this end, they established the limits of Europe: Spitsbergen to the north and the Canary Islands to the south. Then, the Ural ridge to the east and the Azores to the west.
On May 1, 2004, the sculptor Gediminas Jokūbonis placed a white granite column in the geographic center of Europe that holds a crown of stars high above. By matching it with Lithuania’s entry into the European Union.