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Church of Our Lord Jesus and the Trinitarian Monastery

The Trinitarian Church of Our Lord Jesus is situated north of the Sapieha estate, on the former possessions of the Sapiehas family. It was built by the efforts of Casimir Sapieha the Younger (1637-1720) in 1694-1717 [...]

St. Johns’ Church

St. John's Church in Vilnius was consecrated for saints having the name John. The first church was built soon after the Christianization of Lithuania in 1387 [...]

Alumnatas Courtyard

The buildings surrounding Alumnatas Courtyard held the papal spiritual seminary in the period from 1582 to 1798. The courtyard is located in the Monastery Quarter of Vilnius very close to the Old Campus of Vilnius University and Presidential Palace (Prezidentura). Alumnatas (the Greek Catholic/Uniate) Courtyard in probably the most impressive and beautiful courtyards in Old Town of Vilnius [...]

“Republic of Užupis”

The artists' community of Užupis (beyond the river) district of Vilnius has its own "Republic of Užupis" with a Constitution and holidays. The 24th Article of the Constitution, for instance, says that "Everyone has the right to understand nothing". The district is separated from the Old Town by the River Vilnia on three sides, and by a high hill on the fourth side [...]

Sapieha Estate and Park

Between the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul and Antakalnis Cemetery there is a large plot of land with remnants of the 17th-century noble estate by the great Hetman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Casimir Sapieha the Younger (1637-1720) who built a palace on this site in 1691 [...]

Church of St. Catherine and Former Benedictine Monastery

Church of St. Catherine in Vilnius is built in typical Vilnius Baroque style. It is a Late Baroque church once accompanied with Benedictine Monastery. It was built by the Benedictine Sisters near their convent. It acquired its present-day appearance after a great fire in Vilnius in 1737. The church has a rich interior decorated with stucco mouldings and artificial marble [...]

Royal Palace – Inner Courtyard

Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace (Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania) built in the 16th-century Italian Renaissance style. The building around encircled the Inner Courtyard of 2,500 square metres and were connected to the eastern wall of the Cathedral Basilica by a roofed gallery [...]

Island Castle of Trakai

The castle, built on an island in Lake Galvė, is a unique Gothic defensive complex, able to be reached only by bridge, and which was never overtaken by enemies [...]

Gediminas Tower

Upper Castle (West) Tower or Gediminas Tower (14th century) is the only remaining castle tower. Today, it houses a museum and an observation deck from which it can be seen a beautiful panorama of the city from the 75 m. high perch. Gediminas Tower is a Western tower of the Higher Castle of Vilnius with an octagonal plan, stone foundations, and mainly brick walls built in the Gothic manner [...]

The Trakai Peninsula Castle

Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis (1345-1377 & 1381-11382) begin building the Trakai Peninsula Castle in the mid-14th century. The first castle was made of wood. Later it was made with brick and had 10 defensive towers that were joined by a wall that was 10 meters high [...]

Vileišis Estate

Vileišis estate is located at Antakalnio St. 4, across the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. The main house was built in 1904-1906 by the Lithuanian businessman and public figure Petras Vileišis according to a design by engineer August Klein [...]

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Vilnius

The present Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul was built by Michael Casimir Pac (1624-1682), Grand Hetman and Vilnius Voivode of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, to mark the liberation of Vilnius from Moscow (The 1655-1661 War) and his own escape from the hands of rebellious soldiers [...]

Vilnius University Est. 1579

The Catholic Vilnius University was established by the Jesuit Order in 1579 when on April 1st, the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Stephen Bathory issues a royal charter recognizing the Jesuit College into a university. The Old Campus of the university has 13 courtyards [...]

Monument to Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas

The monument is a work of sculptor V. Kašuba in 1996. It is located in front of the Royal Palace and Cathedral Basilica in the very downtown of Vilnius. Gediminas was a Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from 1316 to 1341. He is the founder of the Gediminian-Jagelonian ruling dynasty of Lithuania and later of Poland as well (till 1572) [...]

Church of St. Anne

The Church of St. Anne in Vilnius is probably the most famous building in the city. It is a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic, nearly unsurpassed in the world. The church is a unique monument of red firebrick Gothic architecture in Lithuania. 35 different kinds of brick were used help in creating the church. The Church of St. Anne is symmetrical, marked by graceful, pointed forms that continue upward [...]

Lakes of Trakai

30 km west of Vilnius the town of New Trakai, its reconstructed immense Lake Galvė Island Castle, and the surroundings, including Old Trakai and 32 lakes, are protected within the Trakai Historical National Park, established in 1991 [...]

Literatų Street

This is by-street in Vilnius branches off from Pilies St. and goes in a broken line towards the Church of St. Archangel Michael [...]