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Gates of Dawn (Ausros Vartai)

Address: Ausros Vartu 12, Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone Number: 212 35 13
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Ranked #10 of 101 Attractions in Vilnius
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

In the 16th century city gates often contained religious artifacts intended to guard the city from attacks and to bless travelers. The Chapel in the Gate of Dawn contains an icon of The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy, said to have miraculous powers.[2] For centuries the picture has been one of the symbols of the city and an object... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I haven't seen the sacred place located over the street gates with a window behind never before. And the stairs with many moving (in squatting position) churchgoers haven't seen before too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Just walk around the streets of Vilnius. Without a map, without a gps. And yeah.. You can find such a beauty. The black Virgin Mary is a replica of the most important Polish religious painting, placed in the monastery of Czestochowa.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Nice to have a few photographs taken at this site but nothing spectacular to see. We liked the shape of of the gates and the fading paintings on the arch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Wow. Went into the chapel with 8 others. All were quite as we looked around and said a prayer. The beauty of the chapel and the hearts on the walls are overwhelming.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This fairly narrow archway is embedded in the old walls of the city fortification that now separates the Old and New Towns, and is the only one of the 9 original gates remaining. Facing the New Town, it looks fairly innocuous, pleasantly constructed, but of no great importance. Walk into the Old Town and you will see those that follow... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Bit disappointed when we finally got up the hill to see this but plenty of other things to see on the way up

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The title is misleading as this is a chapel to the Virgin Mary over one of the gates to the old town. Do go in, but not with a large group. Climb the stairs and just sit to absorb the quiet. It was full of worship peers when we were there. Imoressive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The chapel is unique in all meaning of the word. You can still see older women climbing the stairs at their knees - to suffer - all the way up. The chapel is small - but with a very rich decoration. Try to find the meaning of all the symbols. Remember to pay respect to the visitors visiting the chapel... More 

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

When visiting the historic Old Town of Vilnius one should definitely set aside time to visit the Gates of Dawn. I recommend visiting when Masses are not being held - so that one could feel the calm peacefulness of this sacred place. This is the perfect place for meditation and prayer.

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