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  • Address: Aušros Vartų gatvė 14, Vilnius, Lithuania 01303
  • Hours: Daily 6am-7pm
Vilnius’s medieval defensive walls originally had nine entry gates, all built in the early 16th century; as was custom then, each was decorated with a portrait of the Virgin Mary to ensure the protection of the city. Today only remnants of these walls still stand after the Russian attacks of 1799, and the whitewashed Gate of Dawn, completed in 1522 with an ornate pediment, is the last remaining of the original fortified city entrances. 

Around 1630, Carmelite monks from a nearby monastery replaced the original image on the Gate of Dawn with a new icon named the ‘Vilnius Madonna’, painted on oak boards and widely believed in both Catholic and Orthodox faiths to have mystical healing powers. The Renaissance-style, pastel-blue-and-white Chapel of Our Lady of the Dawn was grafted on to the southern side of Gate of Dawn around 1706 to house the painting, which became one of Lithuania’s most revered icons. 

Today it is encrusted in gold and silver and its pretty little chapel is adorned with silver votives donated by pilgrims. Masses are held in both Polish and Lithuanian and on holy days the streets around the chapel are brought to a standstill as worshippers flock to pray in front of the icon.

Practical Info

The Gate of Dawn is open daily from 6 a.m until 7 p.m.

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Day Tour around Vilnius city and Trakai Castle, Vilnius, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Day Tour around Vilnius city and Trakai Castle

Visit the best of Vilnius and Trakai highlights at one day! Vilnius, famous by the biggest Old Town in Central Europe, and Trakai Castle, located in ...  Read more

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.52
Private City Tour of Vilnius, Vilnius, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private City Tour of Vilnius

Explore Vilnius’ heritage and culture on a 3-hour private city tour with a personal guide, and take in the most iconic sights of Lithuania’s historic capital. ...  Read more

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.76
Vilnius Ghost Tour, Vilnius, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Vilnius Ghost Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

In the evening shadows you will find a different Vilnius Old Town. The real stories, myths and legends let you imagine how the city used to be a hundred years ...  Read more

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.38
Vilnius Old Town by Bike, Vilnius, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Vilnius Old Town by Bike

Cycling makes the two touring hours the most fulfilling experience of Vilnius, the city of heights and widths, of enchanting panoramic and snapshot views.

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.65
Magical Christmas Tour in Vilnius Old Town, Vilnius, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Magical Christmas Tour in Vilnius Old Town

Everyone is waiting for Christmas – the most welcome holiday of the year. Take a walk within the Vilnius Old Town, hear the legends of the city during this ...  Read more

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.38
Bike Tour of Old and Modern Vilnius, Vilnius, Christmas
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Bike Tour of Old and Modern Vilnius

Find out Vilnius story and most visited sites on a bike! Licensed tour guide will provide you will all info and will answer to your questions about Vilnius ...  Read more

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.65
Vilnius City Sightseeing Tour, Vilnius, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Vilnius City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

See the best that Vilnus has to offer.

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.02
Private Vilnius Old Town Walking Tour, Vilnius, City Tours
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Private Vilnius Old Town Walking Tour

This private walking tour starts at the very heart of Vilnius - the Valley of Shventaragis and finishes at the miraculous image of the Madonna in Gate of Dawn.

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $11.47

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