In the City of Vilnius you can see many impressive historic buildings in a range of styles, along with museums with interesting historical collections.
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Here’s a selection of some of the places to visit during you stay in the City:
National Museum, The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
This fine Palace was built in 1400’s for the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. The building was demolished at the start of the 19th century but has recently been undergoing reconstruction, and visiting the Palace you can learn about the original building, development and history, with remains and artefacts of the Palace on display, along with models. You can also have a tour around the reconstructed ceremonial halls and see their variety of grand styles, and the tour includes seeing the Treasury Hall.
The Gate of Dawn
This elegant Gate was constructed in 16th century within the City’s defensive walls, and is the last remaining of the original gates. In the Gate is situated a Chapel, where you can see the beautiful icon of Our Lady of Mercy, which has long been an important shrine for pilgrims from around the world.
The Cathedral of Vilnius
This is a splendid building located in the Old Town of the City and built in Neo-Classical style with 18th century sculptures of saints standing at the top. Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are also on the facade along with Moses and Abraham. Formerly, the Grand Dukes of Lithuania were crowned at this Cathedral, and also here are buried a number of notable people including St. Casimir. Inside the Cathedral you can see the decorative Baroque Chapel of St. Casimir, and many lovely paintings and frescoes.
The New Arsenal
Part of the National Museum of Lithuania, this Museum houses interesting collections ranging from the 1200’s to the 1800’s. The collections you can see include displays about the important events and changes in the Country’s history. You can also see folk art displays such as woven textiles, cross crafting along with recreated peasant dwellings.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church
This is a splendid Church built in the 17th century in Baroque style with two tall bell towers with original bells. Inside you can see the stunning Baroque stucco works on the ceiling and walls by Giovanni Pietro depicting numerous figures, as well as stucco decoration by Giovanni Maria Galli, all creating an amazing sight. There are a number of chapels in the Cathedral, including the Queens’ Chapel with allegorical sculptures and ceiling paintings.
Gediminas Castle Tower
This Tower is what still stands from the Upper Castle that was situated on Castle Hill. Based here is a department of the National Museum of Lithuania, where you can see a range of exhibits including models of the Castles that stood here from the 1300’s to the 1600’s, along with photos of Castle Hill and ruins from the 1800’s and 1900’s, and you can also see weapons and armour from the 1300’s to the 1700’s. You can have a ride on the funicular to reach the hilltop and Tower, and from here you’ll have great views across the City.
Vilnius TV Tower
This is the Country’s tallest building and is where the SC Lithuanian Radio and TV Centre is based. The Tower was completed in 1980 and stands at over 326 metres high, and has a revolving restaurant and observation deck at 165 metres up where you can enjoy panoramic views across the City and beyond, making a lovely experience.
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