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Culture of Vilnius. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Choral Synagogue Pylimo g. Vilnius The center of Vilnius is the location of one of the city's main attractions - Cathedral Square. Near the square you can see beautiful historic buildings and the cathedral, which has become the symbol of Vilnius. Fans of exciting excursions will be interested in visiting the Bastion of Vilnius Defensive Wall. This is a deep tunnel - underground tunnels were built here in the 17th century and were one of the major defensive facilities. If they go down into the tunnel, visitors will see a large room. The arsenal of the tunnel has been converted into a museum, which features a collection of ancient weapons.
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Hill of Three Crosses is a truly striking natural attraction. One of the highest hills is the location of a monument that was erected here back in the medieval period. The famous Three Crosses were completely destroyed during the Second World War. The restoration of the monument was completed only in 1989. Today there is a large observation deck next to the monument. This is a great way to see the city in detail. Užupis district is one more place that will be genuinely interesting to visit. On the territory of this part of the city tourists will see numerous prominent historical attractions. It has been considered a suburban district of Vilnius until recently. Today Užupis is a true "independent republic", on the territory of which live famous painters and sculptors.
The famous Vilnius Tower is also an important object of excursions. On the ground floor of the tower you will see an exhibition hall, the exposition of which is devoted to the tragic events of January 13, 1991. There are also a restaurant and a beautiful bar in the tower, so during their meal here guests can enjoy panoramic views of the city. Among the architectural monuments of Vilnius we should definitely mention Radvilos Palace, which once has belonged to a noble family. Today the historic building is converted into a museum that exhibits a rich collection of antique furniture. Copyright
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It is interesting to visit Vilniaus gynybinėssienos bastėja, a medieval bastion with a large moat. Climbing up the mountain of the bastion, you can explore very impressive views of the city; this is perhaps the best observation deck in the capital of Lithuania. The place makes you feel a special atmosphere, numerous legends about the bastion are told here. You should definitely listen to them if you aim to discover the mystical side of Vilnius. There is another mysterious place in the city called Ragučio akmuo. This is a stone that will jog your memory of the pagan times of Vilnius. Once upon a time, there was an Altar of the god Ragutis (the patron saint of beekeepers and brewers), at this place.
Town Hall Square Vilnius There are lots of sacred sights in the capital of Lithuania. Among them, it is worth highlighting the Vilniaus šv. Pranciškaus Asyžiečio (Bernardinų) parapija. The church was built in the Gothic style in the 16th century with the elements of renaissance and baroque style. It is famous for its necropolis, where many famous personalities of Lithuania are buried, among which are the princes of the Radziwill family. Vilniaus karaimų kenesa is considered an unusual temple for Vilnius, built in the oriental style. It was erected owing to the fact that there is a strong Keraim community in the city. On the other hand, a synagogue (Viliniaus Choralinė sinagoga) was also set up for this reason. Despite the fact that everything on the inside is more than modest, there is a feeling of peace and tranquility that comes with visiting the holy place.
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In general, most historical sites are located in the Gedimino pr region. Here you will find interesting cafes, restaurants, shops, theaters, concert halls, as well as government buildings, and they all fit into the overall composition. This is a very cozy street, passing along which you can get acquainted with the history of the city. This is so since Soviet buildings are bizarrely mixed with beautiful examples of medieval architecture here, and it is done in such a way that nothing is left out of the picture.
National Museum of Lithuania Vilnius Nacionalinis muziejus Lietuvos Didžiosios Kunigaikštystės valdovų rūmai is one of the symbols of Lithuanian independence which was built in the 13th century. At different times, the castle was the residence of the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Today the building houses a museum, where you can see household items in the Gothic and Baroque styles, as well as archaeological finds among its exhibits. Climbing up the mountain located a little further from the palace (or climbing the cable car), you can make visible Gedimino pilies bokštas. Magnificent views of the Old Town open up from here.
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There are several interesting monuments and sculptural compositions in the city. First of all, it is worth noting those monuments that serve as a reminder of the tragic events that occurred in the history of the city. They include a memorial to those killed in the Afghan war, as well as Paneriai (a historical place), a memorial museum to victims of actions during the Holocaust. The so-called sculptural composition “luck belly”, is like a Blarney stone, only in the heart of Vilnius. Whatever wish made in front of the sculpture, will come true. It is located not far from the Vinco Kudirkos aikštė, where you can have a great time while walking through the park.
Art in Vilnius Among the museums situated in the capital of Lithuania, Iliuzijų muziejusis worth mentioning first. It would be the best place to test your erudition. Palanga Amber Museum, where you can find real works of art from amber among the exhibits, will amaze any tourist from the very first glance. The Žaislų muziejus will be very interesting for children who want to learn a lot of new information about toys. Art lovers go to Vytauto Kasiulio dailės muziejus, while those who wish to connect with history go to Genocido Auku Muziejus and Literatūrinis A. Puškino muziejus.
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Vilnius Cathedral, Vilnius

» The temple of God was built at the site of the Pagan temple, which is reflected in the masonry of the 13th century.
» The nobles were crowned in the old Vilnius Cathedral. The eminent nobles are buried in underground tombs (there are over 20 tombs). Nowadays, public ceremonies are held here.
» Over the years of its existence, the building was repeatedly destroyed in a fire and rebuilt. The cathedral has gained the highest status, a small basilica.
» The facade is upheld by 6 columns. The walls are faced with sandstone and varicoloured marble. The roof is crowned with the statues of St. Stanislav, St. Helen with a gilded cross, and Casimir. They were canonized for their godly deeds. There are gypsum casts of evangelists with animals in the niches.
» You can see drawings of apostles healing the sick above the main entrance. On the pediment, you can see the offering of Noah. The painting depicts the altar with a burning offering and the members of his family at the sides. There are the statues of prophets Abraham and Moses.
» All the installations date back to the end of the 18th century. The interior walls are decorated with frescoes and paintings of the 16th-19th centuries. One of them depicts crucified Jesus.

St. Anne Church, Vilnius

» The church is named after the Blessed Mother of the Virgin Mary. It was first mentioned in the historical chronicles in 1394.
» The exterior walls are plastered with red clay, which gives an impression that you see bricks of different shapes. Such an architectural style is called “Flamboyant”.
» You can see a stigma on one of the walls but no one has deciphered these signs.
» The length and width of the small rectangular building are 22 m and 10 m correspondingly. The facade is divided into 3 parts. The symmetry of the building is represented by equally tall elegant towers.
» Rectangles with crossing lines stretch from the ledge and create a rope ornament. Their edges depict a hammered vane, a cross and the Sun. There are only eight long lancet windows on the side thin walls. The ceiling is upheld by decorative crescent lance-shaped stone towers.
» The interior is quite modest: light walls without paintings, several icons, and the altar with a wooden cross.
» Napoleon’s Army burnt the wooden utensils during their attack. Although, the Emperor dreamed of “transporting the church to Paris on his palms”.

St. Teresa Church, Vilnius

» The church consists of former buildings of the wooden monastery and the chapel. The total area is 84 440 m2.
» Then, the stone church was built at the expense of the nobles in 1630. Marble of different colors, stone, and sandstone from Sweden were used.
» The church was blessed under the name of St. Teresa, the nun who contributed much to the foundation of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. Not to worry about the afflicted, the city authorities invited maidservants and carmelitess.
» When the building was being reconstructed, the architect built a bell tower. Interior and exterior walls, as well as the ceiling, are decorated with picturesque sculptures and frescoes.
» The exterior of the church is asymmetric. There is a three-tier bell tower at one side and temple rooms linked with hallways at the other side.
» There are 9 altars made in different architectural styles and colors inside. They are decorated with gilt and gypsum sculptures. Side altars depict saint apostles.
» Frescoes depict the moments of St. Teresa’s life. One of them shows Teresa with the bleeding heart.
» There are a lot of paintings and even niches with sculptures under the dome.

St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Vilnius

» The commander of the Lithuanian troop bequeathed to bury him under the threshold of the church. He built it at his own expense. The construction began in 1668.
» 100 years later, the gravestone was struck by lightning. Then, the Hetman was buried in accordance with the Christian tradition. The ledger was cemented in one of the church stones.
» Italian masters building the church added a pleasing view to the interior by placing over 2 thousand gypsum statues. The white color dominates and provides a sense of the huge space.
» The altar image of the 18 century is special. The painting depicts terrible scenes of the plague. The sculpture of the Death and St. Christopher stands out among other sculptures.
» The big prolonged crystal chandelier is made of fancy metal items. Convex massive bas-reliefs resemble elephants’ heads.
» The church has the shape of the Latin cross. The facade is framed with two towers. The temple resembles a medieval castle with its exterior. Round columns are bulky from below and crowned with patterned molding from above. There is a dome with a lantern above the main entrance.
» The church was named after saint followers of Christ's teachings, Peter and Paul.

Vilnius railway station, Vilnius

» The Vilnius Railway Station was opened in 1862. The maintenance-and-repair station was built in 1884.
» The appearance of the first railroad train dates back to September 1860. The modern railway station is cream. It was built in 1950. By the way, materials from the old construction were used. Over the years of its existence, the building and its facade were reconstructed.
» The Lithuanian Road Administration Authority settled here.
» The construction has a range of developed infrastructures. It is quite small but comfortable and it is easy to find the way here. There is a ceremonial hall in the central part.
» In the Lithuanian Railway Museum, you can see the model of the building and railway lines attached to the building. You should also pay your attention to the reduced models of Lithuanian landmarks.
» The exhibition is also interesting because it is interactive. You should put a token in the machine and figurines will move.
» You can visit a restaurant and a pavilion with snacks. There is a big supermarket on the basement floor.
» You can learn the details on the route of railway transport on online stands. There are five platforms in the railway station. You can enter the first one right from the building and other platforms via the terminals.
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♥   Palace 'Royal Palace in Vilnius' , 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Presidential Palace' Vilnius, 2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Radziwill Palace' Vilnius, 2.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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