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- One of the must-see churches if you come to Vilnius and want to discover the marvels of the architecture. It is even called the most beautiful church of Vilnius.Written December 22, 2021
- 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 original gates, and it’s a very lovely structure.
Offering more of a ‘cultural insight’ were the people in the vicinity. Dozens of people heading down Aušros Vartai street, through the arched gate, stop a few meters away, turn around and face the direction from which they’ve just come, then cross themselves or kneel down on the cobblestone pavement to do so.
The icon to which their religious devotion is directed is not even visible from the road. Look up and all that can be seen is either a dark window or the reflection of other buildings, depending on the time of day and the angle of the sun.
Just out of curiosity, I went into the building, climbed the stairs and peered into a very, very tiny chapel to see about 6 people on their knees praying to a magnificent icon of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn.
I think what impressed me the most was the absolute faith most of these visitors seemed to have. I really envy that kind of faith and genuinely admire those who are fortunate enough to have it.Written October 9, 2022
- This is a distinctive monument of Orthodox architecture. In the late 16th century, a wooden church was built in this place, also establishing a school next to it. A Baroque church in the shape of a Latin cross was built in 1638. Having suffered a number of fires, it was rebuilt in the late 18th century.
To me, this church, with its striking green iconostasis and its sweet scent of incense, reflects faith in action. It’s probably my favourite of all the churches in Vilnius.
There is a male monastery built next to the church. There is also a tiny garden/park next to the church.
Very easy to find - it’s just few steps down from the Gates of Dawn, along Aušros Vartu. Look for it’s unusual small pink arched entrance.Written October 1, 2022
- Located just behind its smaller cousin, St. Anne’s Church, is the 15th-century Bernardine Church (also known as the Church of St. Francis of Assisi). It is easily recognisable by its gabled (triangular) roof and pink/white colour combination.
The Bernardine Church is another important example of Gothic architecture in Lithuania. Renaissance and Baroque features were added in the 17th and 18th centuries.
This enormous church was shut down during Soviet occupation, unlike its smaller cousin, St. Anne’s Church, which was allowed to remain open.
As is the case with St. Anne’s Church, the Bernardine Church‘s exterior is far more attractive than is its interior.
However, it’s part of an incredibly beautiful complex and well worth visiting.Written October 3, 2022
- We stumbled upon this beautiful church while wondering the streets of the old city. The church is tucked in amongst a few other buildings, and well worth stopping by.Written December 17, 2019
- This is a very striking building, with lots of history behind it. Check opening times before you visit. You have to press the button on the gate to be allowed access, and pay a euro on entry. It's quite a small place of worship, but is very pretty. There are some information boards, but unfortunately the information was only in Lithuanian. Can't imagine you'd spend too long there, but if you're interested in this kind of thing, it's worth checking out.Written March 3, 2019
- This church is the oldest Orthodox church in Lithuania. It was originally built in the early 14th century on the site of a temple to the pagan god, Ragutis.
The church was completely destroyed by fires in 1557, 1611, and 1748 and rebuilt.
In 1864, it was rebuilt and enlarged in Neo-Byzantine style. The church was destroyed during World War II and renovated again.Written September 9, 2020
- They’ve attempted to restore this place and it looks tacky now. It was nice to grab a picture of thoughWritten October 3, 2018
- It is quite noticeable when you get to this area. It is located close tor the agate of Dawn. It is a church and Cathedral and seem very populat with visitors.
It is a quite an unusual looking church compare to the others in Vilnius. T was built in the 1500s century and has stood the test of time. However quaint and beautiful in it's own right.Written June 23, 2020
- Dating from the 14th century and first mentioned in 1387, we happened upon this little church on our Old Town wanderings and it has stuck with me. Maybe it is that it is the oldest Catholic Church in Lithuania. Maybe it’s that the simple, Gothic brick exterior says “old” to me and speaks of generations and centuries long past. Maybe it is the quiet, unpretentious dignity of the sanctuary. Maybe it’s the statue of St. Christopher, patron saint of Vilnius, erected in 1959, perhaps as an act of resistance to the Soviets. I’m not sure, but the memory of what I think of as a “pocket church" leaps toward the front as I think back on our time in Vilnius.Written February 23, 2020
- If Vilnius is on your bucket list, start packing! This Baltic capital is one of the most serene places you'll ever have the pleasure of seeing. The Old Town is a heritage haven with several Unesco protected sites and a plurality of churches. They don't call it the City of Angels for nothing! But if you feel devilish, just know that Vilnius boasts some of the most exquisite pastries ever created. The craftsmanship and sheer artistry of Baltic chefs generally, those I have seen here, in Riga and Tallinn are phenomenal. The care and skill put into everything they do is flattering to the heart and mind. The one drawback to my visit is not having the time to do and see more. The economy is so friendly to your budget, you literally will wonder why you waited so long to come see Vilnius. Love to all at the Downtown Forest Hostel, you guys are the best hostesses ever! Viva Vilnius♥️you are now one of my (G)reatest spots.Written December 15, 2019
- This impressive cathedral is located next to the Uzupis bridge and the republic of Uzupis.
The church was built in the 14th century. It was one of the first churches in Vilnius, built before the Christianization of Lithuania. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania was the last pagan state in Europe.Written October 15, 2019
- Dazzling exterior; modest interior. It’s a relatively ‘young’ church, having been built in 1913. A little bit off the beaten track, but definitely worth a visit!Written October 4, 2022
- Unbelievable to have a chabad in Vilnius doing everything they can to make my start here comfortable. I guess it's like every chabad in the world - just this is the first time I needed help from chabad in a third world country.
And they were wonderful indeed. I am forever indebted.Written January 4, 2015
- There are tens of churches in Vilnius. This Baroque-style church dates back to the 17th century. Catholic services are held in Lithuanian and Polish.Written September 8, 2020
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- These are the best places for budget-friendly sacred & religious sites in Vilnius:
- Church Of St Peter And St Paul
- Holy Spirit Orthodox Church
- Bernardine Church (Bernardinu Baznycia)
- Gate of Dawn
- Church of the Holy Spirit (Sventosios Dvasios Baznycia)