History of Paupys
History is a chain of past events that gives us a firm grasp of the present and a clearer path for the future. Paupys is built steadily, resting on its past. We aim to understand the unique historical development of the district and the marks it has left behind.
It All Starts With Water
Water is said to hold all the magic in the world. Paupys also started with water and was called the suburb of Paplauja because of its watery character until 1939. It is thought that the name Paplauja originates from the Belarusian word poplau, meaning flooded meadows.
1640 – 1686
From Luxury Palace to Orphan Hospital
At the beginning of the 17th century, the south-eastern outskirts of Vilnius were ruled by the famous and influential noble Sanguška family. In 1640, Jeronimas Sanguška started building a representative palace with a park that extended to the Vilnelė River.
A Haven for Marginalised Artisans
The waterwheels of the mills driven by the rushing waters attracted the first artisans to Paplauja. Due to the specific nature of their crafts, they could not settle in Vilnius but produced gunpowder, bleached canvas, sawmills processed leather, and furs.
Large Industry, Housing, Taverns, and Spirits or Beer Manufactories
In 1865, Samuel Holstein, from Prussia, established a leather and fur processing workshop on the site of one of the paper mills at the confluence of the Vilnelė and Kopanica canals.
Tymo Street was too Beautiful to Only House Industry
Although the suburb of Paplauja has served Vilnius as a manufacturing and industrial center since its earliest days, the citizens of Vilnius could not ignore the beauty of its countryside. The islands and hills surrounded by greenery enticed citizens to come for recreation, picnics, and strolls.
History Repeats Itself...
The Soviet occupation halted the quarter's modernization and brought the industry back.
1990 – 2008
Always Vibrant and Green, Paupys Fell into a Dark Sleep Just Before Revival
Lithuania gained independence and began to rebuild the foundations of an independent state, and the Soviet industrial giants collapsed. Paupys was getting emptier by the hour.
Making New History
Reviving the inter-war idea of turning Paupys into a green residential space took almost two decades.
Paupys is You
Paupys invites you to come and live, work, or stroll along the Vilnelė River, with a long and unique history to share.