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Gates of Dawn (Ausros Vartai)

Ausros Vartu 12, Vilnius, Lithuania
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Ranked #10 of 99 Attractions in Vilnius
Type: Religious Sites
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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's one of the sights in Vilnius but not much compared to the old gates of some other old cities. Notwithstanding what I said the Vilniusians are very proud of it.

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Riga, Latvia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Anything with an antiquity is usually fascinating to me, but I hate to admit that I originally actually walked past the Gates. Whoops, if you're on a religious pilgrimage then this will probably be your Disneyland, if not, only worth a passing look.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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Monterrey
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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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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
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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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11 helpful votes 11 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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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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