The Pilies Street is a continuation of the Didžioji Street. It begins at the St. John Street and ends at the Cathedral Square. In the XVI and XVII centuries it was called the Kanauninku Street, because there was a huge number of Episcopal Colleges, in which prelates and canons lived. Even though there were a number of fires in Vilnius, this street preserved its old and unique look and traces of old architecture: small yards, arches, arcades, original steps and cellars.
The main and most important function of this street is trade. The street connected the main castle with the market, which became the Town Hall Street after Vilnius was granted self-government rights. Therefore numerous roads and paths joined it like rivulets streaming in from all sides, which in the end turned into seventeen streets and crossroads.
Two points framing the street remain untill our days, the Cathedral and the gate of the defensive city fortification, called the Gate of Dawn. The fragments of everyday life of the nobles and plebeians reflecting learning, religion, the movement of thought and lastly state revolutions, remind us of personalities, that are engraved into the memory of Lithuania, of traces that are impressed on the buildings of this street. Today, you can meet a lot of tourist groups in here that admire its beauty which is intertwined with simplicity.
You can also visit:
Eating & drinking: restaurant Avilys
Accommodation: hotel Karolina
Have your say
- 2012.09.04 06:19:20 | Lillian
- Cameron-Hahaha, I wish I already had found that cotoracntr. The second list of bullet points from this post is me visualizing what the ideal solutions to all my problems are. When I find him, I might let you know, however I might not be willing to share! :p
- 2014.01.29 13:09:44 | Viktor
- I am amazed by the ceollctive stupidity of human population. Dying from radiation is considered the worst death yet. Germany will be exposed to Tsunamies etc.In decades to come I hope people will come to terms with nuclear power. After all the natural sources get spent there will be no alternative.In the Fukushima accident it was clearly shown after investigation that the positioning the emergency generators at low ground and thus exposing them to water was the main flow. There was no power to continue pumping cooling water.