Vilnius – the Capital City
Vilnius the capital of Lithuania with a population of about 550 000 is currently one of the most visited cities in Eastern Europe. It was founded in the 14th century by Grand Duke Gediminas, who dreamt of an iron wolf that howled with the voices of 100 wolves. It was a sure sign to build a city as mighty as their howl.
The Old town of Vilnius is one of largest old towns in Northern Europe, included into UNESCO World Heritage list. Vilnius has the names of Little Rome, North Athens and Little Jerusalem.
Churches, museums and living houses of the Old Town were built over several centuries, creating a blend of many different architectural styles. See the iconic buildings of Vilnius: Cathedral Basilica, the most important place of the country‘s Catholics; 16th century Gates of Dawn – the main place of Pilgrims; the historic symbol of the city – Gediminas Castle; or a superb example of Flamboyant Gothic architecture – 15th century St. Anne’s Church.
The narrow streets and passages of the Old town will have you disappear into a world of flower decorated courtyards, churches and museums in no time.
Today, Vilnius has gained a reputation as a cosmopolitan, safe and friendly city.