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Gate of Dawn, Vilnius

#4 of 111 in Historic Sites in Lithuania
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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.
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  • The Gate of Dawn was built between 1503 and 1522 as a part of defensive fortifications for the city of Vilnius and remains the home of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy icon which is believed...  more »
  • A revered pilgrimage site for very religious Polish people, the Gate of Dawn is a landmark in the city of Vilnius. An archway leading out of Old Town and the old city walls, the structure above the.....  more »
  • Very nice. It is one of the must see when in Vilnius. From the outside it is beautiful and it is totally worth the short walk from the city centre. Plus, it is surrounded by nice small cafes and restaurants. The inside is nice and small, can get very crowded but in case you are into religious art, there are masterpieces worth seeing.
  • Very important religious monument situated in a great part of the town. Note that going under the small bridge will leas you outside tje old town of Vilnius. Generally well worth the visit.

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