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Cathedral Square

Experience centuries of tradition when you stroll around this historic town square, a symbol of the city beneath the tower of Vilnius Cathedral.

Cathedral Square lies in the heart of Vilnius’ Old Town, next to the magnificent neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral and its distinctive bell tower. Spend time here to experience the city’s traditional civic center. Located at the crossroads of Vilnius’ main streets, Cathedral Square regularly hosts fairs, events, concerts, exhibitions and parades. Check out the cathedral’s architecture, trace the outline of the ancient city walls and admire the square’s historical monuments.

Stroll along the lightly mottled granite pavement of the spacious square, which has been a gathering place for the people of Vilnius since Lithuania’s pre-Christian times. The square is dominated by the stunning 18th-century cathedral, which is believed to sit on a sacred site for pagan worship. Stand back from the cathedral to admire its Palladian-style façades and the sculptures of three saints adorning the cathedral’s roof. The tall bell tower looms high over the cathedral. This towering turret has a neoclassical façade and medieval foundations once part of the ancient Lower Castle.

Investigate the bronze monument to Gediminas, the 14th-century Grand Duke of Lithuania credited with founding the city. Stand over the Magical Stone, a special place dedicated to the Baltic Way political demonstration of 1989. The peaceful event incorporated 1 million people, who joined hands to form a 375-mile-long (600-kilometer) human chain across the Baltic States as a pro-independence movement.

Grab coffee and some Žagarėliai (fried pastry strips) and take a seat in the square to watch locals and visitors going about their day. You might catch a special event in the square, such as a local fair, open-air concert, religious occasion or military parade. A tall Christmas tree is erected here in December. The square is also the site of the city’s public New Year’s salutes and celebrations.

The square, located in the Old Town, is easily accessible on foot or by bus and trolleybus. Enter for free at any time.

Outside Cathedral Square, explore the green parks of Castle Hill. Find the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Gediminas Tower, the National Museum of Lithuania and the Museum of Applied Arts.


Guide to Exploring Cathedral Square


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Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva £45
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva

Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva

Konstitucijos av. 20, Vilnius
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Business District, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Europa Tower and Vilnius Cathedral. National Art Gallery and Lukiskes Square are also within 10 minutes.

    Amberton Cathedral Square Hotel Vilnius £39
    Amberton Cathedral Square Hotel Vilnius

    Amberton Cathedral Square Hotel Vilnius

    Stuokos-Guceviciaus Str. 1, Vilnius
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Gediminas Avenue and Vilnius Cathedral. Pilies Street and Cathedral Square are also within 5 minutes. Vilnius Station is 24 minutes by foot.

      15th Avenue Hotel £34
      15th Avenue Hotel

      15th Avenue Hotel

      Gedimino av. 15, 2nd floor, Vilnius
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gediminas Avenue and Vilnius Cathedral. Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and Vilnius Central Post Office are also within 5 minutes. Vilnius Station is 26 minutes by foot.

        Shakespeare Boutique Hotel £45
        Shakespeare Boutique Hotel

        Shakespeare Boutique Hotel

        Bernardinu str. 8/8, Vilnius
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pilies Street and Vilnius Cathedral. St. Anne's Church and Cathedral Square are also within 5 minutes. Vilnius Station is 23 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Congress Avenue £56
          Hotel Congress Avenue

          Hotel Congress Avenue

          Gedimino Ave. 12, Vilnius
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gediminas Avenue and Vilnius Cathedral. Vilnius Central Post Office and Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Vilnius Station is 26 minutes by foot.

            Hotel PACAI £165
            Hotel PACAI

            Hotel PACAI

            Didžioji 7, Vilnius
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pilies Street and Vilnius Cathedral. Town Hall Square and Vilnius Town Hall are also within 5 minutes. Vilnius Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius £161
              Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius

              Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius

              Universiteto Street 14, Vilnius
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Vilnius, this family-friendly hotel is steps away from Pilies Street and Vilnius Cathedral. Gediminas Avenue and Vilnius Central Post Office are also within 5 minutes. Vilnius Station is 22 minutes by foot.

                Comfort Hotel LT - Rock 'n' Roll Vilnius £35
                Comfort Hotel LT - Rock 'n' Roll Vilnius

                Comfort Hotel LT - Rock 'n' Roll Vilnius

                Kauno str. 14, Vilnius
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Vilnius, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from St. Nicholas Church and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Vilnius Cathedral. Gates of Dawn and Vilnius Town Hall are also within 1 mile (2 km). Vilnius Station is 10 minutes by foot.