Travel to Vilnius – Lithuania’s Capital
If you’re headed to Europe, we highly recommend checking out Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania. Vilnius has been inhabited since the medieval times. Vilnius is situated on the Neris River and is a breathtaking city. When traveling from the airport to the city center by bus – you’re in for a scenic treat. The city is full of wonderful tourist spots. In Vilnius you’ll find castles, churches, great restaurants, and beautiful landmarks. Here is our list of hotspots in Vilnius. Have a great trip to Lithuania!
The Old Town makes for a great day out in Vilnius and is a very important location to the cities history. During the 16th century, a city wall was built there to protect the town. Since, the Old Town has become a popular tourist destination. While visiting Old Town, don’t forget to check out the beautiful castles found in it’s vicinity. A few castles found in Vilnius, Lithuania are the Upper Castle (called the Gedminas Hil) and the Lower Castle situated at the foot of the hill, (Grand Ducal Castle), the Crooked Castle situated on the hill nearby, the Cathedral and the House of Bishops.
This Vilnius Castle is situated on a little hill and can easily be reached by visiting tourists. The ramparts of the Castle were built in the 13th century even before the castle came into existence. Since then, the Vilnius Castle has been converted into a museum.
The first church to be erected in Vilnius dates back to 1251 and has been home to many Grand Dukes. These Dukes have not only been crowned at the Vilnius Cathedral, but also been buried here. The church has been rebuilt numerous times over the years due to frequent fires. Today, the cathedral still holds 10 chapels in their original state. The bell tower, the main attraction of the cathedral, is found between the main structure and Gedmino. During the Soviet Regime, the Cathedral was used as an art gallery. Today, the remains can still be seen there. The Vilnuis Cathedral is bound to leave you breathless.
The Gates of Dawn
During the 16th century, ten gates were build in the City Wall. Today, only one has survived and can still be found in its original form. Now known as the Renaissance Building, this wall still holds the same significance to the people of Vilnius as it did back at the time when it was built. Adjacent to the holy gate is a chapel has been positioned along with a painting of Holy Mother of God which is believed to give miracle working powers.
The Vilvnius TV Tower was built in the middle of the city provides a breathtaking panorama of the city. Ever since the independence struggle of 1991, an exhibition regarding the 14 civilians who were massacred by the Soviet tanks is held here every year. If you’re in Vilnius, Lithuania, we recommend checking it out.
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