Gate of Dawn
Gate of Dawn
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad5,744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I got to this location using the hop on hop off bus. This is a special and religious spot. Ths is the original gate or entrance to the city of Vilnous Old Town. It was build centuries ago.. I think in the 1500s. There is a chapel above this walk through gate. Thia is a very popular and historic area for many people.
It is known around the world by many. Keep in mind Vilnius is a UNESCO protected city.
Written June 17, 2020
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The entrance to this attraction is a door at the street level. There are steps to take to get a closer look of the image of Virgin Mary. The space is very small so lingering here is not a viable option. Taking photos of the image is NOT allowed, a female guard would let you know. Option B - take a picture from outside, just zoom it.
Written May 28, 2023
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Iveta V
Riga, Latvia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Definitely worth visiting. The location within the city wall above the gates and overall atmosphere gives a special feeling. Have been visiting Vilnius many times, but visited this place only recently. Recommend not to miss it.
Written March 12, 2023
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Go Vilnius
Vilnius, Lithuania165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Business
Today, most people associate the Gates of Dawn with a house of prayer. However, a few centuries ago, the name Gates of Dawn referred to part of Vilnius’ defensive wall. At that time, the city’s defensive wall had ten gates, though the Gates of Dawn are the only ones to have survived to the present day. The structure’s defensive function is reflected by the firing openings that are still visible on the outside of the gate.

Written August 22, 2023
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Bea
974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The Gates of Dawn were first mentioned in 1514. The name Gates of Dawn referred to part of Vilnius’ defensive wall. At that time, the city’s defensive wall had ten gates and the Gates of Dawn are the only ones which survived. Today it is associated worldwide by Catholics, Russian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox with worship and miracles caused by Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy. Her miraculous painting in the Gates of Dawn is one of the most famous Renaissance paintings in Lithuania. The miraculous painting is also called the Madonna of the Gates of Dawn or the Madonna of Vilnius. It is located in the chapel and was painted specifically for this chapel in the 17th century, following the example of Dutch painter Martin de Vos. The chapel was first wooden but after the fire it was made of brick.
Written December 14, 2023
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,727 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
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 you can sit in and relect.
Written August 6, 2022
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Mandolina63
Stockholm, Sweden89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Visiting the gate of dawn takes maybe 20 minutes. Go inside and experience the old polish women praying in front of the madonna. When we were there, a priest came out to take confessions. On a whole a short but interesting experience. No entrance fee.
Written January 24, 2022
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Judi M
Trafalgar, Australia368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Walked up the staircase to the top where a service was taking place with signs requesting not to photograph. I didn't but a lot of people obviously are very ignorant. Although I could not understand it I enjoyed the service. Afterwards wandered through the church at the bottom.
Written January 3, 2020
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NYU62
Tucson, AZ18,226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Aušros Vartai is the only remaining gate from Vilnius' original defensive walls. As was customary at that time, an image of the Virgin Mary was placed above all the gates to protect the City. The remaining image, on this one remaining gate (out of nine) was painted on eight pieces of oak around 1630. It is believed to have magical healing powers, and people come from all over to pray and hope that their prayer will be answered. Thousands of votive offerings (mainly silver hearts) hang near the picture and surround it on nearby walls. We spoke to someone in the sacristy, and were told that there are about 30,000 more, which are stored in the vicinity.

The stairs leading to the shrine, are steep, but doable, unless you need assistance from a cane, etc. Upstairs, the area is quite small, and it can get very cramped. Very little seating, and many faithful just kneeling on the floor.
Written July 5, 2016
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Manuela P
Porto, Portugal42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015
This place is very special for Lithuanians (and not only), because of its meaning for devote people, besides being very beautiful. You can see the chapel from outside (and observe how some people pray or at least make a compliment when they cross the gate and are in front of the image in the street), but you can also go inside. After the gate, there is a small door on the right that you can open and climb some stairs to have access to the chapel that you see from outside. If you are distracted you might miss it. It was a very nice man that is selling postcards in front of it that explained me that I could enter - by the way, if you meet him, buy him some postcards, he is almost always there, even with very cold weather, and he is always very nice, even for people that don´t buy the postcards.
Written February 10, 2015
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