A walk in Vilnius Old Town is just amazing. One of the largest surviving medieval Old Towns in Northern Europe. Covering an area of 360 ha, you can see a very big diversity of architectural styles, it’s a mix since more than one century. You also are going to see some unmissable places.
1. Vilnius Town Hall is located in the very centre of the city, in the Town Hall Square. The history of it began in the XVth century. It is mentioned for the first time in 1432.
When Vilnius city got it’s city rights in 1387 it had to build an administrative office. According to some XVIth century sources, at first Vilnius Town Hall was that of gothic style and had a tower. However, it suffered from fires and invaders so was rebuilt several times. In 1799 Laurynas Gucevičius designed it in neoclassical style and it remained unchanged since then.
2. Vilnius Cathedral: a full name of which is Vilnius Cathedral Basilica of St. Stanislav and St. Vladislav, is located below Gediminas Castle in the centre of Vilnius city and it is the most spectaculous masterpeace of classicism style in the capital of Lithuania. Moreover, it is also a historical heritage.
3. Gedimino Tower & The Hill of three Crosses: Whatever where you are in the city you can’t miss them, they’re one of the most stunning view of the old city center. Gedimino tower it’s the only survival part of the Gedimino Castle. From this tower you can admire the panoramic view. Nowadays, there is a museum inside the tower. It’s a symbol reminding the torture of seven Franciscan monks.
3. Church of St. Johns / Vilnius University, founded in 1579 is composed of 13 courtyards with 13 buildings, each consisting of several blocks, as well as the Church of St. Johns. In 1985 Vilnius University was awarded European Gold Medal for the protection of monuments. You can see the architectural styles : Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism. This University is one of the oldest and most famous establishments of higher education in Eastern and Central Europe. //
4. St John’s Church: Integrated into composition of Vilnius University, it’s one of the most impressive baroque churches in Vilnius. It serves as a pray house, a Museum of Science and a place for solemnities and concerts. It is possible to visit the main hall of the church, but also get down to it`s basement, as well as climb into its` loft.
5. St Anne’s Church: It will definitely leave an impression for anyone. It is said that Napoleon Bonaparte, while visiting Vilnius during the Franco-Russian War in 1812, was so impressed by this church that he loudly expressed his emotions by saying that if he could, he would take St. Anne’s Church with him to Paris in his own palm. At first, this church was built with wood in 1394, later, wood was replaced by bricks. Having survived to the present day without changing for over 500 years, St Anne’s Church is now a symbol of Vilnius.
6. Užupis district. The artistic and wacky district of Vilnius city. You can’t miss the mermaid who is going to welcome you when you cross the bridge. After trying to count the locks covering this one, you are going to meet the Official symbol of the Independence of Uzipisians: The Angel (is held here since 1992). Walk around and have a stop front of the Uzupis Constitution (Paupio street).
7. The Television Tower: After this long walking day, you can enjoy having a dinner to the 55th floor of the Television Tower. There is the “Milky Way” restaurant which turns slowly to permit you to enjoy the panoramic view during the sunset for example. This tower is also use to do some […..] 21litas the entrance free. You can go there in taxi or in bus [10, Sausio 13-osios, Vilnius]. It’s open daily from 10 a.m until 10 p.m
8. Europos Parkas: The European park 30 km outside of Vilnius. It’s a huge open-air contemporary museum, covering 55 hectares of forests. You can see there more than 100 works of art carried by international artists. The most popular is the monument representing the center of Europe, built by Mr. Gintaras Karosas. 25 Ltl the entrance fee.
9. Pūčkoriai Path & Belmontas: You will meet is a beautifully big, 65 metres high and 260 metres wide steep hill, covered with forests and Vilnia river in the bottom. Beautiful path for tourists, wishing to discover still green hills around Vilnius, which Vilnius city is famous of..
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