Posted by: RasmaSandra | December 31, 2021

Beautiful Vilnius

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and is known for its medieval Old Town and many lovely churches.

Vilnius University is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the Baltics and Central Europe. It was founded in the 16th century. The campus is very impressive with courtyards and galleries in various architectural styles. Visitors enjoy seeing the lovely library and the Church of St. John. The place to meet and congregate is the Grand Courtyard.

The Medieval Old Town is one of the largest and most well-preserved centers in Northern Europe and the Baltics. It has impressive medieval buildings and some 74 quarters. You’ll find Baroque and Classic palaces and Gothic and Renaissance churches, There are many cafes and restaurants.

The Vilnius Museum of Illusions takes a look at optical illusions and has interactive exhibitions. There are 3D paintings and virtual reality displays as well as LED dance shows and performances every week.

The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania only dates back to 2018 since the original was destroyed in 1801 having stood on the same spot since the 15th century. The reconstructed palace has Baroque, Gothic, and Rennaisance ceremonial halls. There are many interesting exhibitions about Lithuanian history.

Gediminas Tower offers some of the best views of the city. It has overlooked Vilnius and the Neris River since 1409. This is a three-tiered red brick tower. Visitors enjoy the views from the observation deck. You can take a fun ride in a little funicular to the top.
Uzupis is surrounded on three sides by the Vilnia River and is the artsiest and most Bohemian neighborhood in the city.

At the heart of the neighborhood is the Angel of Uzupis statue. The statue with an angel blowing on a horn was erected in honor of Zenonas Steinys, a local animator.

Gate of Dawn was built between 1503 and 1522 and is all that is remaining of the city wall. It is a historical and cultural landmark. It is a popular pilgrimage site and also home to a famous chapel of the same name, The chapel has an impressive painting and icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Vilnius Cathedral is a lovely white cathedral with a lovely belfry. The wooden church was first erected back in 1387. The current neo-Classical building dated back to 1783. It was where the Grand Dukes of Lithuania were coronated. The interior has a lot of artworks and frescoes on display. There are crypts and catacombs to explore.

KGB Museum was recently renamed the Museum of Occupation and Freedom Fights. It was once the KGB headquarters in Vilnius. It has displays of the country’s 50-year occupation by the Soviet Union. There is a vast collection of artifacts, photos, and the prison cells in which Lithuanians were tortured and executed.

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul has an impressive Baroque interior with some amazing stuccoes with around 2,000 intricately carved figures. The church is white and was built between 1675 and 1704.

The Hill of Three Crosses towers over Vilnius. It offers a 360-degree panorama of the city and surroundings. The hill has three crosses and is an important historic site and symbol of the country’s rebirth. The crosses were erected on the hill in the 17th century to commemorate seven Franciscan friars who were beheaded there in the 1950s. The Soviets removed them and they were replaced in 1989.

St. Anne’s Church sits on the banks of the Vilnia River and dates back to 1500. It was built in the flamboyant Gothic style. The church has two towers with a spire between them. It has an elegant red-brick facade.

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