The Gate of Dawn (Lithuanian: Aušros vartai) is a city gate in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and one of its most important religious, historical and cultural monuments.
It was built between 1503 and 1522 as a part of defensive fortifications for the city of Vilnius, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It has also been known as the Medininkai Gate, as it led to the village Medininkai south of Vilnius, as well as Aštra broma. Of ten city gates, only the Gate of Dawn remains, while the others were destroyed by the order of the government at the end of the 18th century.
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