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Gates of Dawn

Investigate one of Old Town’s most significant historical and religious sites to see a medieval fortification adorned with a chapel and a venerated shrine.

The Gates of Dawn is an ancient city gate in Vilnius that houses a magnificent chapel and a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Built between 1503 and 1522, the gates once defended the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit to see its heritage architecture, explore the chapel and discover the magnificent religious artifacts intended to bless and protect the city.

Walk underneath the wide arch of the Gates of Dawn to imagine how this city fortification defended Vilnius’ Old Town in medieval times. The gates once led to the village of Medininkai and the southern areas of the city. Gaze up at the gates’ magnificent Palladian-style façade and four columns, topped by a gold-emblazoned pediment. Look for the arched windows of the chapel, housing the sacred shrine to Our Lady of the Gates of Dawn.

Find the small door within the gates leading up a stairway to the chapel on the upper floor. The beautifully ornamented room has a gilded shrine at its center. Votive offerings and woodcarvings surround the shrine. Spend a moment admiring the sacred painting, including a crown adorned with gilded silver and colored-glass inlays.

The icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy is a revered painting dating back to the early 1600s. The Northern Renaissance-style painting was originally painted in tempera on oak. The icon is famed for miraculous powers. One story dates back to 1702, when the Swedish army invaded Vilnius during the Great Northern War. It is believed that a portion of the heavy structure of the gates fell on Swedish soldiers resting at their base, killing them and allowing the Lithuanian Army to counterattack.

The Gates of Dawn is a tall white structure located across a pedestrianized street south of Vilnius’ Old Town. The gates are free to visit at any time of day. You can also explore the chapel during the day; however, it may be crowded on Sundays and while services and Masses are being held. Walk to the Gates of Dawn in 10 minutes from Vilnius’ main train station.


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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.

    Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva £59
    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.

      Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel £83
      Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel

      Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel

      Didzioji 35/2, Vilnius
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Vilnius Town Hall and Vilnius Cathedral. Town Hall Square and Church of the Holy Spirit are also within 5 minutes. Vilnius Station is 12 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.

          Panorama Hotel £35
          Panorama Hotel

          Panorama Hotel

          Sodu str. 14, Vilnius
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Vilnius, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Gates of Dawn and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Vilnius Cathedral. Church of the Holy Spirit and St. Nicholas Church are also within 15 minutes. Vilnius Station is only a 2-minute walk.

            City Gate Hotel
            City Gate Hotel

            City Gate Hotel

            Bazilijonu str. 3, Vilnius
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Town, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gates of Dawn and Vilnius Cathedral. Church of the Holy Spirit and Artillery Bastion are also within 10 minutes. Vilnius Station is 9 minutes by foot.

              Domus Maria £33
              Domus Maria

              Domus Maria

              Aušros Vartų g. 12, Vilnius
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gates of Dawn, Vilnius Town Hall and Town Hall Square. Vilnius University and Cathedral Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Vilnius Station is 9 minutes by foot.

                "old Town Gate Residence" in the Heart of Vilnius
                "old Town Gate Residence" in the Heart of Vilnius

                "old Town Gate Residence" in the Heart of Vilnius

                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this historic apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gates of Dawn and Vilnius Cathedral. Church of the Holy Spirit and Vilnius Town Hall are also within 10 minutes. Vilnius Station is 9 minutes by foot.