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With the countless things to do in Vilnius, Lithuania, coupled with its dreamy quality, this city is no doubt a must-visit destination. Not only does it draw attention for its architectural character, but also for its key attractions and cultural events. Planning to travel to Lithuania soon? Listed below are some of the fun things to do in Vilnius!

Gedimino pilies bokštas (Gediminas Castle Tower)

Gediminas Castle Tower is the symbol of Vilnius. Visible from different locations in the Old Town, this tree-clad castle tower on Gediminas’ Hill was founded by Lithuanian Ruler Grand Duke Gediminas, who consolidated the country’s independence. Although only the remains of the castle tower remain, it houses a small museum and offers a panoramic view of the city, including the red roofs, the church towers, and narrow cobblestone streets, as well as the city’s surrounding parks and wooded hills.
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Gates of Dawn

Completed in the 1500s, the Gates of Dawn is the only remaining gate from Vilnius’ ten original defensive walls. In the late 1600s, the Carmelite nuns from St. Theresa’s built a chapel above the gates to house a painting of the Virgin Mary; this image is said to have miraculous powers. This site is revered by both the Catholicism and Orthodoxy religions; it does not mind, however, if you are religious or not. This place is definitely worth a visit for anyone in the world.
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St. Anne's Church

St. Anne’s Church is one of the prime examples of Gothic architecture in the country. It’s so beautiful and majestic that it’s said Napoleon Bonaparte fell in love with it and wanted to take it back to Paris on the palm of his hand. The cathedral rests on alder logs and its western facade is built with 33 different varieties of bricks. Inside, rib vaults trace beautiful brick lines, and in the main altar hangs a paint of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Child and St. Anne.
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Vilnius Cathedral

Mentioned in recorded history in 1387 (the same year as the Christianization of Lithuania), Vilnius Cathedral is known as one of the oldest churches in the country. It was rebuilt many times due to wars, frequent fires, and unstable soil. Known in full as the Cathedral of St. Stanislaus and St. Vladislav, this square structure occupies a spot originally used for worshipping the Lithuanian thunder god Perkunas. Vilnius Cathedral features a neoclassical architecture and inside is the main altar with a painting portraying the death of St. Stanislaus.
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