Sights

Once you walk through the Gates of Dawn you have a great chance to explore the old and charming Vilnius, enjoy the gems of the city – masterpieces of Baroque, Gothic masonries of churches, Classicism palace columns and Renaissance arches. Indulge yourself in visiting our art galleries or stylish clubs, tasting our national dishes and drinks, relaxing in cozy cafes and restaurants.
Our charming city will make an unforgettable impression on you.
For more information about places to visit in Vilnius, please enter the website of Vilnius Tourist Information Centre.

Sights

Once you walk through the Gates of Dawn you have a great chance to explore the old and charming Vilnius, enjoy the gems of the city – masterpieces of Baroque, Gothic masonries of churches, Classicism palace columns and Renaissance arches. Indulge yourself in visiting our art galleries or stylish clubs, tasting our national dishes and drinks, relaxing in cozy cafes and restaurants.
Our charming city will make an unforgettable impression on you.
For more information about places to visit in Vilnius, please enter the website of Vilnius Tourist Information Centre.

You will find distances to the most interesting sights of Vilnius below:

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100m Gates of Dawn

The Gates of Dawn is the only surviving city gate of Vilnius and one of the most important religious, historical and cultural monuments. The Chapel in the Gate of Dawn contains an icon of The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy, said to have miraculous powers.

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230m Hales market

In the 15th century, the site of the current marketplace was initially named the Horse Market. Later, in the 16 th century, it became known as the Grain Market, when, after the city wall was built, it found itself in the suburbs. In 1906, at the intersection of Pylimo and Bazilijonų Streets, a new market was erected, designed by Vilnius architect and engineer Vaclovas Michnevičius with help from local entrepreneur Petras Vileišis. This is the oldest marketplace still operating in Vilnius.

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650m Vilnius Town Hall

The Town Hall building was Gothic to begin with and changed with time. The Town Hall was reconstructed for the last time by the architect Laurynas Stuoka-Gucevičius at the end of the 18th century. During that reconstruction, the Town Hall turned into a Classical building.

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Photo © Go Vilnius

750m The Bastion of Vilnius City Wall

This is part of the Vilnius Defensive Wall, often called “barbican”. The Bastion is a Renaissance-style fortification characterised by its original construction. It consists of a tower installed in the city defence wall, underground gun ports and a connecting corridor, which turns into a 48-metre long tunnel.

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Photo © Go Vilnius

1,1km Vilnius University

One of the oldest universities in Central Europe, Vilnius University was founded in the 16th century while Europe – and of course Lithuania – was in the grips of the Protestant Reformation movement. Catholic monks, Jesuits, were called to stop the spread of the movement and were asked to take over education policy. In 1569 they established a college and just 10 years later, the University of Vilnius was born.

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Photo © Go Vilnius

1,1km Presidential Palace

From the 16th century it served as a residence for Vilnius bishops. In the 18th century, when Lithuania was occupied and annexed to the Russian Empire, the palace served as a residence for the Governor General of Vilnius. In 1997, the building was renovated. Presently, the President of Lithuania and his Chancellery occupy the building, and leaders of other countries are received here.

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Photo © Go Vilnius

1,3km Church of St. Anne

St Anne’s Church, which has survived to the present day without changing for over 500 years, has become a symbol of Vilnius. At a closer look, one can see the letters A and M in the main facade of St Anne‘s. The letters A and M could stand for the Latin Ana Mater Maria or Ave Maria, i.e. „Saint Anne – Mother of Mary“ or „Hail Mary“. Some experts claim that the Pillars of Gediminas have been highlighted in the composition of the facade with the three towers of the church corresponding to the three pillars.

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Photo © Go Vilnius

1,3km Cathedral Basilica

The Cathedral of St. Stanislav and St. Vladislav is the most important place of worship for Lithuania’s Catholics, and the venue for the country’s main Christian and national festivities. In 1922, the Cathedral was granted the title of ‘Basilica’, by Pope Pius XI.

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Photo © Go Vilnius

1,3km Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The reconstructed Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania was originally constructed in the 15th century for the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the future Kings of Poland. The palace, located in the lower castle of Vilnius, evolved over the years and prospered during the 16th and mid-17th centuries. For four centuries the palace was the political, administrative and cultural centre of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. It was demolished in 1801. Work on a new palace started in 2002 on the site of the original building and it took 16 years to complete it in 2018.

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Photo © Go Vilnius

1,3km Gediminas‘ tower of the Upper Castle

The Vilnius Castle Museum was opened in 1960, and in 1968 it became a subdivision of the Lithuanian National Museum. The exposition of the Vilnius Castle Museum displays reconstruction models of Vilnius castles of the second part of the 14th and the beginning of the 17th centuries, armament, iconographic material of old Vilnius. An observation deck on the top of the tower is the best place from which to appreciate a magnificent panorama of Vilnius.

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Photo © Go Vilnius

1,3km National Museum of Lithuania

The National Museum of Lithuania is the largest depository of Lithuanian historical cultural heritage in the country. It is the oldest museum in Lithuania, dating back to 1855, when the Museum of Antiquities was established in Vilnius. Authentic exhibits help to recall the history of Lithuania and its national culture and customs.

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650m Contemporary Art Centre

The Contemporary Art Centre is the largest art center in the Baltic States. Retrospectives of well-known local and world artists are held, however, the most important sphere of the activities of the Contemporary Art Centre is presentation of the latest international art tendencies. About 60 thousand people visit the events organized by the Contemporary Art Centre annually.

1km MO Museum of Modern Arts

MO Museum is a modern art museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. As a private initiative of Lithuanian scientists and philanthropists Danguolė Butkienė and Viktoras Butkus, it functioned as an art museum without a building for about ten years. The collection of 5,000 modern and contemporary pieces contains major Lithuanian artworks from the 1950s to this day.

1km Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum

It is a Lithuanian museum dedicated to the historical and cultural heritage of Lithuanian Jewry. The Vilna Gaon museum was established in 1989 by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. Over the years, its collection has been expanded to include objects from other museums in Lithuania. The museum was renamed in 1997 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of the Talmudic scholar Vilna Gaon.

2,2km Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights (KGB Museum)

The Museum of Genocide Victims is arguably the darkest in Vilnius. Its bloody history began when this former gymnasium became the headquarters of the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania in 1941.
It was then re-occupied by the Soviet Secret Police – the KGB – when the Nazis left in 1944. The KGB stayed until 1991 when Lithuania became independent from the Soviet Union.

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