The Capital of Lithuania, the picturesque city of Vilnius, is known for its baroque architecture, that can be enjoyed in the Old Town. This district made of cobblestone streets shown many other styles from different eras, such as neoclassical and Gothic.
Vilnius Lithuania has many tourist attractions, here are a few of them.
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
Located in the heart of Vilnius was totally destroyed at the beginning of the 19th century, and later fully reconstructed and refurbished. The early Baroque and Renaissance style building serves and a center of conference for meetings, events, seminars, concerts and performances among others.
Part of the reconstructed former Palace is a museum partly to show the history of the site. The other part is for the ceremonial hall, reconstructed with the previous architectural styles.
Cathedral of St Vladislav and St Stanislav in Vilnius
The Cathedral of St Vladislav and St Stanislav is the number one worship place in Lithuania for the country’s Catholics and also the venue for the main Christian festivities.
In 1922, the Cathedral was granted the title of ‘Basilica’, by Pope Pius XI. Many key figures of Lithuania’s history are buried in the Sovereigns’ Mausoleum.
The vaults contain the remains of Vytautas the Great, the Grand Duke of Lithuania, and King Alexander of Poland and their wives.
The original temple of the cathedral dates back to the 13th and 15th centuries.
Vilnius Picture Gallery
Here the visitor is acquainted with the development of Lithuania art through the 16th to the 20th centuries. It houses a collection of works by artists of the Vilnius Art School.
This is fabulous spacious estate of the noblemen Chodkiewicz with lavish interiors of the late Classicism.
What was once the main road from Vilnius Castle toward the south towards Poland and Russia is today an elegant street of downtown Vilnius.
Kings and Popes passed through this street on the way to the castle and noblemen built their homes in Piles Street. This street is known for its architectural variety, like Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
The “Prezidentūra” was built in Simonas Daukantas Square as a former nobleman’s house. It is a classical building from the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries.
In 1997 after the new independence of Lithuania the building was renovated and the President and his cabinet have their offices here and visiting dignitaries are welcome here.
Gates of Dawn in Vilnius Lithuania
Gates of Dawn
Is a renowned shrine in the Capital of Lithuania and also known abroad and worshiped by other Christian denominations.
At first in the beginning of the 1500s it was called the Medinikai Gate because of its location on the way to Poland in the south.
The painting of blessed Virgin Mary in the chapel is known all over the world and many countries have copies of this painting in their churches. The picture also called “Vilnius Madonna” was painted in the 17th century, and since then it has been said to have miracle saving powers.
Church of St Anne
The church was built in the late Gothic period. Popular legend says tha Napoleon Bonaparte liked it so much that he wanted to take it to Paris on “the palm of his hand”.
It has survived without changes for more than 500 years, next to the church there is and bell tower built on the Gothic style in the 19th century.
This is one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe, founded in the 16th century. In 1569 they established a college and 10 years later, the University of Vilnius was born.
The are 13 internal courtyards named after famous figures among the students and professors of the university. The main library built in 1570, contain copies of the first books ever printed in Lithuania.
National Museum of Lithuania in Vilnius
National Museum of Lithuania
This is the oldest museum on Lithuania with the largest collection of cultural and historical pieces.
The Old Arsenal is located nearby. There is a funicular from the closed courtyard of this Museum to Gediminas Hill. A majestic monument to King Mindaugas stands next to the Museum. Mindaugas is the first, and the last, Lithuanian King. He was crowned in 1253. Mindaugas united Lithuania’s lands into a state and won international recognition for the country.
The monument to King Mindaugas was unveiled in front of the Lithuanian National Museum on 6 July 2003 to commemorate the 750th anniversary of his coronation.
Map showing Vilnius the Capital of Lithuania
credit for images of capital of lithuania
grand dukes by bernt rostad
cathedral by sarunas burdulles
picture gallery by alma pater
pilies street n/a
president palace by guillaume speaurt
gates of dawn by diliff
st anne by arrow
viljius university n/a
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