Gate of Dawn, Vilnius

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The sole surviving example of the five gates that once ringed and protected Vilnius, Gate of Dawn represents the site of a Renaissance chapel and one of the main entrances to the historical city center. Originally built during the first two decades of the 16th century, the gates from outside the defensive city walls appear as an imposing and solidly built tower. On the reverse side, however, the gate frames an ornate church straddling the tunnel. Peer through the windows to catch a glimpse of the chapel within. Climb up to the chapel via the door located next to the gate to view an intimate prayer room complete with a gilded icon of the Virgin Mary, meant to bless visitors and travelers alike. Take note that Mary is depicted alone, rather than holding Jesus. To visit Gate of Dawn on your holiday in Vilnius, and find out what else Vilnius has to offer, use our Vilnius vacation builder site .
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  • We walked about 10 minutes from the station and took a walk through the old town. The atmosphere from the outside was a place without a special impression, but I went out from the inside and was able to see many people go to worship politely and feel the value of this place. After dusk, the dark atmosphere felt even more weight.
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  • Nice surprise. Beautiful and revered icon in Vilnius, to be seen with respect when one is not a believer or that allows a pause in prayer. a pause
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  • Its really a beautiful gate and beautiful church. The entree is free and you cannot take pictures inside the church. Also, you will find many souvenir shops in this area. So if you are looking for nice place to hangout and maybe do some shopping. Its great !
  • Love it.I am not religious but this place makes me so emotional.It has some kind of aura to it. You can also access it through St Theresa's Church,which is absolutely stunning. Lithuanian and Polish services through the day. The Gate of Dawn is the only original gate of Vilnius town wall.
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