travelgrove Travel Tips
 

Vilnius, Lithuania

 
20
    
Legend
  • Sightseeing travel tip
  • City center
Distance from city center: 8.7mi
dana's pictureby dana Sightseeing travel tip
added on the 1st of December, 2009
Cathedral Basilica and Bell Tower

Once upon a time there was a King
named Mindaugas who lived in what’s today Vilnius. The king was born a heathen but converted later in his life to Christianity. As a result of this conversion a wooden Christian cathedral was built in 1251 at the foot of Gediminas hill. In 1387 when the whole of Lithuania converted to Christianity a gothic style cathedral was built to it. In this very cathedral coronation ceremonies and funerals of the Grand Dukes were taken place.

By good luck or providence this beautiful cathedral was to survive wars but yet several times rebuild so today it’s fortunately possible to pay it a visit.
When enter this magnificent piece of art one will be overwhelmed by the chapel of St Casimir an unique baroque chapel built in 1623-1636 by the King Sigismund Vasa. Among other things to be seen in the church are an 18th century goblet shaped pulpit and more than 40 artworks dating back to the 16th –19th centuries. For those who dare to enter the mysterious catacomb there is now a very interesting museum to be seen exposing the eventful history of this historical building from pagan times until today.

Just outside the church is the Cathedral’s famous bell tower. Its present appearance took place 1801 after it was reconstructed. The bell tower is outstanding in its style reaching almost 57 meters up in the sky and sure is a landmark here in Vilnius old town.

Address:
Vilnius 14028, LIthuania

 
St. Ann's Church
 
Wazling's picture
Wazling wrote on Dec 2, 2009 3:50:
Looks like an interesting place! You have any pictures for it?Reply
 
 
 
 
Sightseeing
tips

Recent travel tips for Vilnius

  • Gediminas Castle
    It's one of the most popular symbols of Vilnius and even Lithuania. Howerer, just  one tower survided until our days.  It now houses a museum and an observa- tion platform. U can enjoy a a wonderful wiew to the Oldtown while there [...]
    D: 1mi01
  • St. Ann's Church
    This church has become a sort of visiting card for Vilnius. It is considered to be the masterpiece of late Lithuanian Gothic. It's a must to see it while visiting Vilnius. The small church is situated in front of the Bernardine Church [...]
    D: 1mi00

More travel tips about VilniusWe only have a few travel tips for Vilnius so take some time and feel free to share your own travel tips with the Travelgrove community. Write about your favorite restaurant, the best museum in town or the park you like most. Tell others what to do and what not to do in the city and help them benefit from your experience. Let’s explore together!

 

Things about Vilnius you may be interested in

 
 
 
guides

Recommended

Vilnius Nightlife

Rita’s Tavern is another great place for local cuisine. The restaurant offers a homely atmosphere during the week, but you should expect some bustle at weekends when the restaurant hosts folk-dance nights.Vilnius Nightlife - Pubs and Nightclubs Thanks to its large student population, there are many places in Vilnius where you can enjoy a few drinks and some good music. Avilys is a pub with a [...]
 
 
 

More travel tips you might be interested in

Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Most of you have seen this frog before, either on TV or in a zoo, but the best place to find them is in Tortugero, Costa Rica. This rain forest in...
Sightseeing: Red Eye Tree Frogs

Langenargen, Germany
Wenn ihr in Langenargen seid, müsst ihr unbedingt am See spazieren gehen. Das ist so schön.
General: Der schöne See von Langenargen

 

Wrixum, Germany
This is one of the typical windmills found in Northern Germany as well as all over Holland, Denmark and generally all of the Northern German states...
Sightseeing: Wrixum Wind Mill

Cadiz, Spain
The city was occupied and reconquered many times. This is why the city has a 4,5 km coastwall protection. You can see it wherever you go is...
History & Culture: Walls, lookouts and gateways

 

Seville, Spain
Aire de Sevilla is the best bath I have ever been to. They don't only have baths but also massage, aromatherapy and all kinds of treatments. My...
Night Life & Entertainment: Aire de Sevilla

Melaka, Malaysia
If you are interested to know how the sultan palace looks like during the period of the Melaka Sultanate period. This Melaka sultanate Palace which...
Sightseeing: Melaka Sultanate Palace

 

Laguna, Philippines
How about going around Laguna de Bay. Grab a map of Rizal and Laguna from any National book store, and your on your way to fun fun and more fun! ...
General: Roundtrip tip with pie advise

Honolulu, Hawaii
The means of public transportation in Honolulu and the whole island is The Bus. There are some 80 Bus routes only for the Honolulu area, including...
Public Transportation: The Bus in Honolulu

 

Los Angeles, California
This is a beautiful stretch of coast line just underneath Santa Monica. You should take your time when going there in order to go for a walk,...
Beaches : Santa Monica State Beach

Santa Ana, California
Who would have though that in Santa Ana you would find such an exclusive, exotic restaurant like the Royal Khyber, which serves one of the tastiest...
Food: Royal Khyber

 
 
 
 
   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it 
 
 
*