In August 2018 I decided to visit Vilnius, one of the capitals of the Baltic countries. The city dates from at least 1323 and is the most important city in Lithuania.
It is a city where most visits are concentrated and can be visited on foot, it has a tram network, although it is not necessary to visit the historic center.
The best time to visit Vilnius is in the summer because in winter it is quite cold and there is usually snowfall and the great atmosphere in the streets is lost.
These are the main places to visit in Vilnius:
Gate of Dawn
Gate of Dawn is the only one of the nine gates that the capital had.
It is a double-sided door in which the exterior façade of the old town is crowned with the Vytis, the Lithuanian coat of arms.
On the inside facade you can see the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary, which they say has sacred powers.
Vilnius Town Hall
Located in the central square of the old city, the building that formerly was a theater and that in its interior has some splendid rooms.
It is the most important place for cultural and political events and is where the municipal government carries out its functions of representation.
The mayor carries out his receptions and business meetings in this place.
Church of St Anne
The Church of Santa Ana is one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in the city.
It is characterized by its unique late Gothic architecture and composition. It was built at the end of the 14th century for Anna, wife of the Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great.
It is said that his beauty fascinated Napoleon Bonaparte, who wanted to copy the church and reproduce it in Paris.
On this small hill that we reached after a short climb we can find several attractions.
Gediminas Tower is one of the few ruins that remain standing of the old castle, from this point you get good views of the old town and the Hill of the Three Crosses.
At the foot of the hill is the National Museum and the statue of Gediminas.
The Presidential Palace is located in Simonas Daukantas Square, name of the first writer on the history of Lithuania in Lithuanian.
The palace has been burned down several times and has been destroyed in different wars and conflicts.
In 1997, the building was restored and the Lithuanian presidency moved here.
Is the main street of the capital of Lithuania, where the majority of government institutions are concentrated, such as the government, the Parliament, the Constitutional Court and some ministries.
We can also find the National Theater, the Bank of Lithuania and the National Library.
It is also a street of popular shops and restaurants.
The Vilnius Cathedral is the main Catholic church in Lithuania.
During history it has been repeatedly destroyed and destroyed, but nowadays it is located in the historical center of the city, on the slope of the Gediminas hill.
It is the place used for the main Christian and national festivities.
The Royal Palace is located in the center of Vilnius, in the square of the Cathedral.
Its history goes back to the greatest times of the country and many of the grand dukes resided in it.
The restoration began in 2002 and was inaugurated in 2009 with a great symbolic celebration.
Church of St. Casimir
It is a catholic church in the old part of the city, near the town hall of Vilnius.
It is the first Baroque church and also the oldest in the city, built in 1618.
Its composition and facade were designed along the line of the II Gesù church in Rome.
The shape of the building was inspired by the churches of Krakow and Lublin.
The Hill of Three Crosses
The Hill of the Three Crosses is undoubtedly the best viewpoint of the city but it is also a monument to the national identity and the resistance against the occupation of the country.
In 1950 by order of the Soviet authorities the original Three Crosses were destroyed. However in 1989 and thanks to the inhabitants of the city were rebuilt in the original place.
Tour around Vilnius
Tour around the center of Vilnius: Gediminas Avenue, Vilnius Cathedral, Royal Palace, National Museum of Lithuania, Gediminas Tower, Three Crosses Hill, Santa Ana Church, Pilies Street, Vilnius Town Hall and Aurora Gate.