Artilery bastion of Vilnius defensive wall, Vilnius
The bastion was built in the 17th century to defend Vilnius from the attacks of the Swedes and Russians.
During the years was also used as an orphanage (in the 19th century), and later even as a rubbish dump!
The legend says that it was once home of a Basilisk, a creature who had the power to turn people into stone with his gaze!
Now it's just a nice place where to spend some quiet moments in Summer, maybe at the sunset lying on the grass.
There is also a museum inside the Bastion.
When cannon was invented, bastion of artillery was biult in Vilnius. In beginning of XVII constructions ended. Built mostly for defend of Sweden and Russian armies. Later, when other nations occupied Lithuania, there was a storehouse, covered with 12m of soil, there people grew up their vegetables and so on. Here is a part of defensive walls too. Now is reconstructed, there - museum of guns.
One side of Boksto (Tower's) street surrounds a bastion of artillery and Vilnius defensive wall, another side - old town's houses.
This is a popular spot for young people to come in the evening for a stroll. From here you have a nice view too.
This part of the defensive wall dates back to the early 17th century. After destruction it was rebuilt in 1986. This military Renaissance architecture now contains a museum.
A short walk or as an alternative an even quicker ride up the new funicular brings you up to the small mound where the city’s modest castle nestles. The original 13th century fortifications have been modified throughout the centuries and now the castle also houses a museum. From here one has splendid views over the entire city of Vilnius.
I wasn't looking for the Bastion and to be honest I didn't even know of it, when one day during my walk I came across to it. I don't know whether you can actually visit the Bastion, I just walked to the hill behind it and had a great view over it. Two sections of the wall with loopholes have survived. It consists of the original tower of the city wall, a canon room and a corridor connecting it with the tower. It was designed in the 17th century and partly destroyed during the 1655-61 war with Moscow. During the First and Second World Wars it was used as a hideout and a depot.
The vaults of the Bastion are associated with a legend about the basilisk of Vilnius, a dragon whose look used to turn people into stone, the basilisk itself turned into stone on seeing its mirror reflection.
The Artilery Bastion dates back to the 1600s and was originally part of the defensive wall designed to protect Vilnius from the Swedes and Russians. It was rebuilt in the 1980s and now houses a small museum. Sitting on the wall appears to be a favorite pasttime for young couples. The setting, however, is quiet and peaceful, and the view is worth a look.
Legend has it that within the depths of the Artillery Bastion lurked the Vilnius Basilisk a creature whose single gaze could turn people to stone. This role now appears to be undertaken by Vilnius museum officials but don’t let that put you off. For those light on pocket the outside walls of the Bastion are a good place to hang out with your mates imbibe some beer and watch the sun go down.