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Aušros Vartai, Vilnius

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Religious Site
The sole surviving example of the five gates that once ringed and protected Vilnius, Aušros Vartai 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. Using our custom trip planner, Vilnius attractions like Aušros Vartai can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • One of the most important buildings in Vilnius. It is the only city gate left. It leads directly into the old city past the townhall and to Pilies gatve, that leads to Vilnius Cathedral and the castle...  more »
  • The miracle working icon is upstairs at the old city gate, to the left of the city hall in the Old Town. A good walk through an interesting part of the city.  more »
  • Mostly for Catholic piligrims. One of the three most important religious places. Second is still in Vilnius, third - in Poland.  more »