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Gates of Dawn (Ausros Vartai)

Ausros Vartu 12, Vilnius, Lithuania
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Ranked #8 of 98 Attractions in Vilnius
Type: Religious Sites
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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47 reviews 47 reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Probably one of the best visits in the Old Town. The history of the site is fascinating and it is worth reading about it to fully appreciate the significance of the site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We entered through this gate and our guide asked us not to turn around until he said so. As we turned around we where amazed of the beauty of the place.

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Hampton, Virginia
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19 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The only remaining gate of the old city, with religious images left pretty much in tact despite the soviet occupation of the city. Well worth a visit to the shrine of the virgin.

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Helsinki, Finland
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I expected a bit more from the gate, but there wasn't much. It's a gate with a shrine. Historically important, but not a must visit in my opinion.

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Krakow, Poland
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

For me this place was a main reason to visit Vilnius. I have heard and read about it before. I found what I expected but I was surprise it was empty on early evening - I have had a personal audience. This place is very connected with the history of the two nation country (Lithuania and Poland) when they were... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
44 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Really well done and beautiful to see from up close and from a distance. I liked that it is actually a functional place for worship for local people.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Entry point to Vilnius Old Town and one of the highlights. This is the only remaining gateway left in the city walls and dates back to 1522. You can access the little chapel above the entrance through a door on your right. It is open from 6am. The image of the Madonna is very old and very sacred. It was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Worth going to see on southern border of old town. Impressive 16th century town gate constructed for defense .

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The icon of Mary in the chapel of the Gates of Dawn is exquisite, and the atmosphere in the chapel is almost sacred... very moving to see the earnestness and faith of the devotees. And after visiting the Chapel, don't miss the Orthodox Church next door that contains the remains of the 3 martyrs. Our city guide told us that... More

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Haifa, Israel
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

the first stop you have to make in the old town of Vilnius. it's really amazing spot , and the only thing that can make it better is if you are with a guide which can tell you the story behind it

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