Chapel of the Gates of Dawn


Above the Gates of Dawn you'll find this 18th-century chapel, aka the Gates of Dawn Chapel of Mary the Mother of Mercy. Inside is a venerated painting of the Virgin Mary, known as the Madonna of the Gates of Dawn, believed to date from the early 17th century. It is revered equally by the Catholic, Orthodox and Uniate (Greek Catholic) faiths and has evolved into one of Eastern Europe’s leading pilgrimage destinations.

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1. Gates of Dawn

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2. St Teresa's Church

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This Carmelite church is early baroque outside and ornate late baroque inside. Underneath its entrance is a chamber for the dead, which contains some fine…

4. Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit

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5. Make Everything Great Again Mural

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6. Subačiaus Gate

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This restored section of the city walls gives a sense of their original scope.

7. Artillery Bastion

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This revamped 17th-century fortification houses a rich collection of weaponry and armour through the ages and the atmospheric tunnels are a joy to wander.

8. St Casimir's Church

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This striking church is the city’s oldest baroque place of worship. St Casimir’s dome and cross-shaped ground plan defined a new style for 17th-century…