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Town Hall Square Vilnius Of course, in order to feel the magnificent atmosphere of Vilnius, one needs to visit this place, walk on charming streets of the historical center, visit local cafes, and enjoy the look of the local landmarks - Vilnius Cathedral, St. Teresa Church, Vilnius TV Tower, Vilnius railway station, St. Nicholas Church and many others. In order to make your virtual tour to the city more interactive, we offer an unusual opportunity to fly over every notable landmark of Vilnius. Simply start the video, and use the full-screen mode. Each landmark comes with extra information, containing a collection of interesting facts and a photo gallery. Let’s go!

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. 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.

Vilnius TV Tower, Vilnius

» There is a high tower on the river bank. There is a broadcasting center in it.
» The concrete stem of the tower is 190 meters high. The metal spire with a device receiving radio waves is 136 meters high. It was brought into service in January 1981. Six years have passed since the beginning of the construction.
» Its weight is 25 tons and total area is 3 355 m2. The round foundation has a diameter of 38 m. It serves administrative purposes.
» You can admire the panorama at the restaurant that is located on the 118th floor (65 m from the ground). The high-speed lift will take you to it for 45 seconds. You can also go up the stairs of 917 steps to reach it.
» There is also an observation rotary platform. Its full turn takes an hour. You can see constructions at a distance of 50 km. The observation platform is glazed.
» Traditionally, the skyscraper is decorated as the Christmas tree. It is decorated with garlands, each of which is 170 m long and which together weighs over a thousand kilos. The latest novelty is colorful lasers shining horizontally and downwards and used instead of lights.
» Near the TV Tower, there is a historic park that is famous for satellite antennas of extraordinary design.

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.

St. Nicholas Church, Vilnius

» Originally, the church was used by foreign merchants and craftsmen. It had been built by German architects for 5 years (since 1382).
» According to the documents, it was blessed in 1514.
» Then, a bell tower and a stone fence were built.
» The exterior is quite plain. The small rectangular temple has thick walls of red brick. There are no towers.
» The entrance is made of decorative shaped brick. There are niches of different heights at the sides of the pediment. The cross beam of the window is curved.
» But its interior is rich with lots of moldings and sculptures. At the beginning of the 16th century, the fire damaged the interior.
» In front of the church, there is the statue of St. Christopher with the baby in his hands. The engraving on the pediment depicts the same.
» Four octagonal pillars uphold soffits. They are made of bricks that rounds pillars.
» In the church, there are 3 altars, each of which is decorated with statues of saints. There is the convex statue of the Mother of Sorrows to the right. Sculptures of babies alternate with columns.
» The church is named after St. Nicholas, the Christian patron of sailors and merchants.

Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Vilnius

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Facts: » American businessman Benjamin Guggenheim and his brother Solomon found the museum of modern art in the USA. Other centers built in other cities are similar to this one.
» The new building is located on the right bank of the Neris River in Vilnius. There is a cultural object on the new embankment, in the midst of skyscrapers of Vilnius City.
» In the Guggenheim Museum, there are several spacious rooms for exhibitions. One of them will serve as a constant exhibition.
» In the museum, you can see various pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures, and installations provided by the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Russian State Hermitage.
» Architects paid special attention to the place where the exhibition dedicated to the Lithuanian Jews is organized. Most of the 200 thousand people of this nation died in the Second World War. The Center shows respect the dead this way.
» Colorful canvasses of local masters will occupy a special place in the gallery of the Vilnius Guggenheim Museum.
» You can see exhibits of visual art in a total area of 2 000 m2.
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