Wednesday, November 15, 2006
The Gates of Dawn
The icon of our Lady of Vilnius is housed in a chapel situated atop the eastern gates of the wall that once surrounded the entire city of Vilnius. It was here that she often appeared to the residents of the city as they defended the gates from the attack of foreign armies. While the wall was ultimately demolished, the eastern gates remained standing, and during the Lithuanian national renaissance in the late 1800s, came to be known as the Gates of Dawn. As the city of Vilnius has grown, the chapel is now actually in the heart of the old town, situated between the Catholic Church of St. Theresa, and the Orthodox Monastery of the Holy Spirit.