City of Mercy. The city of steeples, Jerusalem of the North or Baroque Beauty of the Baltics – with its medieval street structure and architecture of diverse eras and styles, the Lithuanian capital has plenty on offer for a cultural connoisseur, a history buff and a Divine Mercy pilgrim alike.
Containing within its compact old town several thousand medieval, gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and neo-classical gems clustered among a few lush green hills, the UNESCO World Heritage city is famous for hundreds of shrines of various denominations thriving side by side as well as plentiful parks, museums and monuments.
Don’t miss the 16th century Gate of Dawn bearing the Miraculous Image of Mother of God that still guards the entrance to Vilnius Old Town, and, most importantly, the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy that beholds the original Image of Divine Mercy, painted in the presence and guidance of Saint Faustina and Blessed Fr. Sopočko themselves, to be first venerated in public on Divine Mercy Sunday in 1935.
Make sure you take the time to wander around and take in the true serenity of Vilnius by gazing up to the hundreds of church steeples that dot the city’s skyline. For a truly magical feel, the belfry of St. John’s Church next to Vilnius University and the 13th century Gediminas Castle tower upon the hill close to the Cathedral both offer splendid views across the rooftops, while meandering medieval street labyrinths beneath afford unexpected surprises around many a corner. The old parts of Stiklių and Žydų streets, the quirky Užupis Republic, the fascinating gothic masterpiece of St. Anne’s Church and Literatų street are all worth stumbling upon while following in the footsteps of Saint Faustina on your pilgrimage to this handsome City of Mercy.
Combine a pilgrimage to the City of Mercy with important shrines along St. John Paul II Pilgrimage Route, taking in the second to none Hill of Crosses and one of the earliest Marian apparitions at Šiluva. Stop en route at picturesque Trakai and historic Kaunas to break the journey and gain more insight into the cultural and religious context of this fascinating blend of faiths.
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- Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
- Local time: GMT +2 hours
- Airports: Vilnius (VNO) / Kaunas (KUN)
- Flight duration: 2 hours 50 minutes approximately
- Transfer time: 15 minutes from Vilnius (VNO) airport / 30 minutes from Kaunas (KUN) airport
- Languages: Lithuanian; many people speak English
- Climate: Typical European continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly severe winters; Best time to travel is mid -April to mid-October, when the days are warm and the nights are cool
- Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Type C 2 pin and Type F 2 pin are used
- Visa: not required for EU citizens; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities
- Passport: EU passport holders travelling to Lithuania must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities