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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.
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  • The name ‘Gate(s) of Dawn’ conjures up all kinds of picturesque images. Built in the early 16th century as part of the Vilnius defensive wall, the Gate of Dawn is the only remaining gate of the five.....  more
    The name ‘Gate(s) of Dawn’ conjures up all kinds of picturesque images. Built in the early 16th century as part of the Vilnius defensive wall, the Gate of Dawn is the only remaining gate of the five.....  more »
  • A stairway to the side leads up to this alcove and it fits about 12 people...no photography allowed (even without flash). Unless you want to pray, I'd say skip it as there are tons of other churches....  more
    A stairway to the side leads up to this alcove and it fits about 12 people...no photography allowed (even without flash). Unless you want to pray, I'd say skip it as there are tons of other churches....  more »
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  • The gates of dawn is fabulous from outside but go inside and it is beautiful, the icon is amazing. The church itself is stunning but unable to take photos. You must visit to see it’s beauty
  • This was my first time at this Shrine. It is a very prayerful place, especially in the chapel if Our Lady. I like that she can see the holy image of Mary even from the street below.

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