It is thought that the first church was established in 1251 by Grand Duke Mindaugas, following his conversion. Many Grand Dukes of Lithuania were crowned and many of them are buried there. With the passing of time the cathedral had to be rebuilt several times due to fires, and was remodeled in more modern styles.
Gates of Dawn
The Gates of Dawn is one of the most visited shrines in Vilnius that is famous not only in Lithuania but also abroad, worshipped by the representatives of other creeds too.
Gedimino prospektas (Gediminas’ Avenue, Prospect) is the main street of Vilnius. It runs from the Žvėrynas Bridge (over the Neris River) to Šventaragio Street (Cathedral Square). This street was formed in 1836 as Šv. Georgijaus / Šv. Jurgio (St George’s) Prospect.
This building is of the late Classical – the empire style (the 19th century). From the time of Lithuania’s conversion to Christianity, in 1387, to the country’s annexation by the Russian Empire in 1795, this was the site of the Bishop of Vilnius’s palace. In 1997 it was converted for use as the President’s Office.
St Anne's Churche
One of the most impressive architectural masterpieces of the Vilnius Old Town is Šv. Onos (St. Anne’s) Church, built in the late 15th–early 16th centuries. This is the most outstanding and enchanting Late Gothic building in Lithuania.
The exposition of the Vilnius Castle Museum displays reconstruction models of Vilnius castles of the second part of the 14th and the beginning of the 17th centuries, armament, iconographic material of old Vilnius. An observation deck on the top of the tower is the best place from which to appreciate a magnificent panorama of Vilnius.
National Museum of Lithuania
The National Museum of Lithuania is the largest depository of Lithuanian historical cultural heritage in the country. It is the oldest museum in Lithuania, dating back to 1855, when the Museum of Antiquities was established in Vilnius.
Pilies and Didzioji Streets
These two streets are among the most visited by local townspeople and by visitors. Here you will find all that you seek: luxurious boutiques, coffee shops, cultural centres, embassies, night clubs, souvenir sellers and the happy hubbub of the city.
Amber Museum in Vilnius
The exhibits on display at the Amber Museum-Gallery tell visitors about the morphology of amber. It is revealed in the exhibits of various sizes, forms and colour. The unique collection of inclusions and the reconstruction of Juodkranė treasure are on display here.
Vilnius University is one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe. The University started from a Collegium, which was established by the Order of the Jesuits who came to Lithuania to fight against the spreading Reformation.
Vilnius Picture Gallery
The exposition of the Gallery consists of historical interiors (six introductory halls) and 17 exhibition halls, where Lithuanian art of the 16th- the beginning of the 20th century is on display. The introductory halls of the first floor show what the interior of the mansion looked like, and the development of Lithuanian art is given its fullest showing in the main part of the exposition.
Republic of Uzupis
Užupis is one of the oldest districts of Vilnius, mentioned in the historical sources as far back as the 16th century. In olden times there were many mills and at one time it was even the brothel district.
Today Užupis is a “unique republic”! A colourful and alive island, separated from the city by the Vilnia River. Užupis is a recognised district for artists and won the name of the most mysterious and romantic district of Vilnius.