Gate of Dawn, Vilnius

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The sole surviving example of the five gates that once ringed and protected Vilnius, Gate of Dawn represents the site of a Renaissance chapel and one of the main entrances to the historical city center. Originally built during the first two decades of the 16th century, the gates from outside the defensive city walls appear as an imposing and solidly built tower. On the reverse side, however, the gate frames an ornate church straddling the tunnel. Peer through the windows to catch a glimpse of the chapel within. Climb up to the chapel via the door located next to the gate to view an intimate prayer room complete with a gilded icon of the Virgin Mary, meant to bless visitors and travelers alike. Take note that Mary is depicted alone, rather than holding Jesus. To visit Gate of Dawn on your holiday in Vilnius, and find out what else Vilnius has to offer, use our Vilnius vacation builder site .
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  • A curious chapel located on a bridge that connects 2 buildings. To admire the virgin you can do it at street level or better access the chapel through the staircase of the main church. You just have to be aware of the parishioners and that the space is very small.
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  • There was a guide's explanation, and it was interesting. However, it was raining, and it was cold, and it was night, so I couldn't take it easy.
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  • These gates, which itself are amazingly decorated and very impressive, leads the way into one of the busiest oldtown streets in Vilnius - all packed with attractive cafes, restaurants, hotels, and historical sights. This place is always open, no matter what time of the day or year it is. Needless to mention, you could encounter homeless people while walking through the gates but there is nothing to be afraid of
  • From the outside, it's a mere archway, with simple decorations. From the inside of the walled city of Vilnius, it's a delight to behold. Gorgeous gold decorations adorn a tiny chapel above the arched walkway. It is a busy spot for many tourists, but it's worth the time to find and see for yourself.
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