About The Gate of Dawn
The Gate of Dawn, translated as Aušros Vartai, was once one of nine city gates that guarded Vilnius as part of its sixteenth century city wall.
Today, it is the only surviving city gate, the other eight having been destroyed by the Russians in the eighteenth century.
Like many such gates, the Gate of Dawn houses a chapel, however it is the icon of The Blessed Virgin Mary housed in the chapel of this particular gate which makes it unique.
Known by some as the Vilnius Madonna, this painting is revered by members of the Orthodox and Roman Catholic faiths. Some even say that it was the chapel of the Gate of Dawn that spared it from destruction.
Vilnius Cathedral has been the site of coronations and is the burial site of many prominent Lithuanians.
The Church of St Anne is a beautiful gothic-style church in Vilnius’ UNESCO-listed old town.
The Saints Francis and Bernardine Church is a fifteenth century gothic church in Vilnius.
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