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Facts About Gates of Dawn
The landmark is mentioned in a poem of Maksim Bahdanovich Pahonia (1913) and its emblem Pahonia, as well as in Pan Tadeusz.
In the 16th-century city gates often contained religious artefacts intended to guard the city from attacks and to bless travellers.
On 4 September 1993 Pope John Paul II said Rosary at the Gate of Dawn Chapel.
Gates of Dawn were built between 1503 and 1522 as a part of defensive fortifications for the city of Vilnius.
The Gate of Dawn is a city gate in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and one of its most important religious, historical and cultural monuments.
In the 17th century, a separate wooden chapel was erected near the Gates of Dawn and a magical image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was placed there.
Of ten 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.
The Gates of Dawn was first mentioned in 1514 and have since become one of the symbols of Vilnius.