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Vilnius University, Vilnius

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Originally founded in 1579 by Jesuit monks, Vilnius University represents one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the region. Home to more than 20,000 students annually, the university bustles with activity; its network of buildings in the city center features several different architectural styles. You can visit the school and explore its urban campus, replete with richly decorated vaulted rooms and ornate statues, as well as the church of St. John, which you can climb for a panoramic view of the city. Join a guided tour, offered in English and several other languages, to learn more about the history of the university, the library, and its research. Don't miss stopping by the university bookstore, which, in addition to its host of college-themed souvenirs and books, is one of the most colorful and lavishly painted rooms in the city. Arrange your visit to Vilnius University and discover more family-friendly attractions in Vilnius using our Vilnius itinerary planner.
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  • Remarkable together with its 13 courtyards, his St John Church and its library which has alone is worth the trip.
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  • Yes, alas, you’ll have to pay admission (1.5 EUR regular ticket) which is unusual for most of the old universities in Europe, but it just reflects the lamentable financial state of universities in Lit...  more »
  • Was not allowed for the holidays is a tour of the Vilnius University's rare books room is on Saturday evening by students who also was
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  • the main university of Greate Dutchy of Lithuania. Very interesting place
  • Welcome to wonderful world of science and art. There are 13 yards and much more to see.
  • interesting pagan wall painting inside, it a very interesting experience for me to understand the local religion history, which way beyond my imagination.
  • The building has a magnificent architecture. University founded in 1579 is oldest university in the Baltic States. The university enjoys a unique academic atmosphere and academic freedom.
  • Make sure to check out reading room in library - it reminds you scenes from Harry Potter with selection of old books and historic items.

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Boutique hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts line the streets of Vilnius. Options range from budget hostels and guesthouses to luxury hotels. Many lodgings are concentrated in the city center, near the scenic Neris River; accommodations a bit farther out can be just as pleasant with a lower price tag.
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