|Capital of||Vievis eldership|
|Granted city rights||1950|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
About 1600, Ogiński family built a Uniate church and founded the Abbey of the Holy Spirit (Lithuanian: Šventosios dvasios). At the beginning of the 17th century a printing press was established near the abbey, notable for printing books by various Protestant Calvinist scholars.
In 1794 and 1812, the church burned down and was rebuilt in 1816. In 1837 an Orthodox church was built.
In the period between World War I and World War II, Vievis was near the dividing line between Lithuania and Poland. The town used to be among those with the largest Polish population, with roughly 77% inhabitants identifying themselves as Poles. In 2011 census, only 10.9% of inhabitants identified themselves as Poles as well as 3.74% Russians and 82.56% Lithuanians.
The 17th century printing press became the reason why a 1970s samizdat journal "Lustra dzion" edited by Vincuk Viačorka cited "Jewie" as the place of its publishing (even though it was in fact published in Minsk). The printing press is also featured on the modern coat of arms of the city, adopted in 1999.
The Lithuanian Road Museum is in the city.
Notes and references
- (Polish) (Russian) (Belarusian) Mikałaj Pačkajeŭ (2003). "Epoka reformacji i kontrreformacji". Historia Litheranorum Alboruthenorum sive Zarys Historyczny Kościoła Luterańskiego na Białorusi od zarania reformacji aż do czasów obecnych. Mikałaj Pačkajeŭ. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- "Lithuania 2011 Census". Lietuvos statistikos departamentas. 2011.
- (Polish) Ośrodek Karta (corporate author) (2000?). ""Lustra Dzion" (Zwierciadło Codzienności)". Słownik dysydentów. Karta. Archived from the original on 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
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