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The Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania stands in the center of Vilnius. It dates to the country's most majestic times. The rewed structure also serves as a museum and major concert venue.
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Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania stands in the centre of Vilnius, in the Cathedral Square. It dates back to the country's most triumphant times. Though it has seen its share of history and hard times, the Palace has been newly revived. There is no greater testament to the resilience of this majestic city.

The Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania has followed a long road. When Vilnius became one of the most important political centres in Europe, in the thirteenth century, a powerful stone castle was built. In the fifteenth century, it began its conversion to a Late Gothic style. By the sixteenth century, the Royal Palace became a luxurious Renaissance residence, which later acquired the features of the early Baroque era.

The 16th and the 17th centuries were the Palace's golden era. It boasted one of the richest libraries in Europe, an extraordinary collections of weapons, armour, and hunting trophies. It housed tapestries, paintings, and jewels, and had a vibrant social life. The flourishing times ended in the middle of the seventeenth century, when the Palace was destroyed by an occupation army from Moscow. By the beginning of the 19th century, it was completely destroyed.

The idea to restore the Palace of Rulers was born along with the movement of Lithuanian liberation at the end of the twentieth century. In 2002, the restoration of the destroyed structure began.

On July 6, 2009, the commemoration of 1,000 years of Lithuania, a symbolic opening of the restored Palace of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes took place. Today, the Gothic, Renaissance, and early Baroque halls of this multifunctional museum hosts public events, official visits, conferences, meetings, seminars, concerts, performances, and receptions.

Visit

Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Hours

High season (1 June – 31 August):
I, II, III, VII 10:00 – 18:00
IV, V, VI 10:00 – 20:00

Low season (1 September – 31 May):
II, III, V, VI 10:00 – 18:00
IV 10:00 – 20:00
VII 10:00 - 16:00

Closed on Mondays and national holidays, except July 6, February 16, March 11.

  • Last visitors admitted one hour before museum closing
Pricing

€ 3 - adult;
€ 1,5 - children, students, seniors;
Free - children under 7 years old;
Free - people with disabilities;
Free - with Vilnius City Card