The Gate of Dawn, a city-gate, was built between 1503 and 1522 as a part of defensive fortifications for the city of Vilnius. It has also been known as the Medininkai Gate, as it led to the village Medininkai south of Vilnius as well as Aštra broma, which derivative for the Lithuanian language word aštra meaning sharp. Of the nine city gates, only the Gate of Dawn remains, while the others were destroyed by the order of the government at the end of the 18th century.

In the 16th century city gates often contained religious artifacts intended to guard the city from attacks and to bless travelers. The Chapel in the Gate of Dawn contains an icon of The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy, said to have miraculous powers. For centuries the picture has been one of the symbols of the city and an object of veneration for both Roman Catholic and Orthodox inhabitants. Thousands of votive offerings adorn the walls and many pilgrims from neighboring countries come to pray in front of the beloved painting. Masses are held in Lithuanian and Polish languages.

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Pascal Knigge (5 months ago)
Truly a breathtaking sight to behold. It feels like a magical place. The fact it's the only remaining one of the gates to the old city is awestriking. You could feel the energy it radiates. You can not miss this sight when you visit Vilnius. Pictures can not transmit the true energy of this spiritual gate.
Michaela Sharman (thehungrytravellers.blog) (6 months ago)
The gates of dawn is fabulous from outside but go inside and it is beautiful, the icon is amazing. The church itself is stunning but unable to take photos. You must visit to see it’s beauty
Diogo Tomaz (7 months ago)
A historical place with defensive significance. It could be better maintained thou, especially on the gate facing the outside of the old town
Olly Polly (2 years ago)
Holy, sacred place!
jon lay (2 years ago)
Amazing place to visit!!!
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