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Vilnius Historic Centre
UNESCO World Heritage site
Location Vilnius, Vilnius County, Lithuania
Criteria Cultural: (ii), (iv)
Reference 541bis
Inscription 1994 (18th Session)
Extensions 2012
Area 352.09 ha (870.0 acres)
Buffer zone 1,912.24 ha (4,725.2 acres)
Coordinates Template:Coord/display/title, inline

The Old Town of Vilnius (Lithuanian: Vilniaus senamiestis) is the historic part of the city of Vilnius, Lithuania. It is one of the largest and most beautiful medieval old towns in Europe. It has an area of 3.59 square kilometres (887 acres). The settlement became a town in the early 13th century. The old town is marked by narrow streets, old churches, museums and flower-decorated courtyards.

The central squares in the Old Town are the Cathedral Square and the Town Hall Square. In 1994 the Vilnius Old Town was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Landmarks

There are more monuments of interest in the Old Town than in any other part of Vilnius; they include:

Palaces

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Vilnius Old Town
  • Presidential Palace
  • Slushko Palace
  • Radvilu Palace
  • Tyzenhaus Palace
  • Vilnius Castle Complex with the Gediminas Tower and Royal Palace

Religious monuments

  • St. Anne's Church
  • Vilnius Cathedral in Cathedral Square
  • St. Nicholas Church
  • All Saints Church
  • Gate of Dawn
  • Three Crosses
  • Cathedral of the Theotokos

Other places of interest

  • House of the Signatories
  • National Museum of Lithuania
  • Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
  • Fragments of the Vilnius city wall
  • Vilnius dungeons
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