Europe’s smallest sanctuary – The Gate of Dawn in Vilnius

Europe’s smallest sanctuary – The Gate of Dawn in Vilnius

The painting of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn and the surrounding chapel owe their fame to the Discalced Carmelites, who held custody over them since 1668.

The creation of the painting dates back to the years 1620-1630.

.Around 1671, the painting was covered with a gilded dress. Apart from the dress, the faithful can see a beautiful, yet sad face of Madonna and her hands crossed on her chest.

In the mid XVIII century, since the sounds of the urban life did not provide an atmosphere of prayer, trade in the vicinity of the Gate was prohibited and the passers-by were ordered to bow down before the Mother of God. In addition, men were required to remove their headgears and partially the custom exists to this day.