Belfry in Cathedral Square, Vilnius
The square where the cathedral and the clock tower sits was earlier the area of the lower castle. The area was surrounded by a 1km long wall with four gates. The clock tower is the only remaining part of this fortification. One can clearly see that the lower part of the tower has traces of a defensive building. It was presumably built during the 13th century. As it lost its defensive role during the 16th century, it got three octagonal floors and was transformed to a clock tower. The hight is 52m.
The clock itself is regarded as a master-piece of perfection. It was constructed in the 17th century and still shows the time perfectly - it hasn't been adjusted for decades, except for the summer and winter times nowadays used in the whole of EU.
I have posted a link (above) to a map. I had to use the position for the Gediminas Monument (which is just ~50m south-east of the clock tower) since Google Maps has placed the cathedral and the whole square some 5-600m wrong, at the Town Hall Square!!!
Between Vilnius Cathedral and the Bell Tower lies a magical Stone, well it’s not really a stone it’s more of a tile then a stone. Well if you believe in good luck charm you should try this. Stand on the magic stone and close your eyes, turn your body around freely three times. While your body is going around make a wish, your wish will be granted. I tried it and spun my body freely. Yeah well I am still waiting with my wish that all of my OZ Lotto number to come home.
The Cathedral Square is the main square of the Old Town in Vilnius. It was founded in the late 19th century.
It’s a nice square to stroll along and take a few photos of the Vilnius Cathedral, the Bell Tower, and Statue of Gediminas or even make a wish on the magical stone. It’s a nice place to relax and people watching. There was some action from the youth doing their skate board trick and I think it’s a place for young lovers.
It’s a pity there weren’t any hot dog stand but they were a small shop where you can buy ice cream and other goodies.
Bell Tower of Vilnius is located near Vilnius cathedral. It is quite tall (57 meter) and impressive tower to take photo. Together with Vilnius Cathedral it is a postcard material.
Once upon a time the Bell Tower was the defensive tower of the medieval lower castle in the old city. There’s a clock on the top but I am not sure what year it was put there, I had a look at Wikipedia but I can’t find the info.
The Bell Tower in Cathedral Square has become one of the landmarks of Vilnius. The unusual bell tower which stands independently of the Cathedral was originally part of the Old Town defensive walls but now stands alone in the square just in front of the Cathedral.
The tower underwent extensive restaoration 200 years ago when it acquired its present day appearance. The mix of architectural styles (gothic, baroque amd classical) is due to the various restatoration works which have been carried out during the centuries. The tower was converted into a bell tower in the 16th century and a clock was installed later during the 17th century. The clock itself has a unique feature in that it does not possess a minute hand and the bell sounds every 15 minutes.
White, tall bell tower stays in Cathedral square. This tower has a history from early ages of Grand Duchy of Lithuania to nowadays. This tower was built on the remain of old defensive wall (just was tallen). His substructure is oldest remained brick built structure in Vilnius (from about XII century). Old bells was changed recently.
Watch out - the clock was not so precisional.
The Cathedral's imposing bell tower is 57 m tall and was built on top of the Lower Castle defensive tower. Its earliest underground part dates back to the 13th century and was constructed on the bottom of the old riverbed. The first round tier comes from the second half of the 14th century, while the next one was built in the 17th century and a clock made in Germany by Joseph Bergman installed on it. The belfry owes its present shape to the 1801 reconstruction.
The belfry of the cathedral - height 57 m - is a mixture of several styles. Of its three octagonal tiers two are of Baroque style and one of Classical. Regardless of the mixture the belfry looks harmonius.Its foundations are on remains of a square tower, which was one of the oldest brick buildings in Lithuania. The bricks are bound in the pre-Gothic manner. The underground part dates back to the 13th century and the round part from late 14th century. In 1522 architect Annus started the work to transform the tower into a belfry.
The Cathedral's bell tower (57 m or 187 ft) was built atop a Lower Castle defensive tower. Its oldest underground square section was even built in the 13th century on the bottom of the old riverbed. The bell tower acquired its present appearance after the 1801 reconstruction.
The belfry (57 m high) was probably a part of defence walls in the past. The proof of this theory are loopholes in its lower part. Half the way between the belfry and the main entrance to the cathedral a careful observer may find a pavement stone with the word 'Stebuklas' (miracle) on it. It is said to be a magical place which makes wishes come true. Why don't you have a try? Just stand on it, make a wish and turn around.
There were four clocks put on four sides of the top floor of the belfry tower of Vilnius Cathedral. You can see what time I was there on my picture. Each clock face was 2 m (6 ft + 6 inches) in diameter. Its Roman numbers, hands and rims were gilded.
The clocks were put on the tower probably in 17th century and its mechanism was rebuilt last time in 1803.
There were cement stairs outside on the eastern side of the belfry of the Vinius Cathedral. They led to heavy doors which were locked. So, instead of visiting historical interiors I took a picture of posing matcrazy0 there :-).
Hmm... I have no idea what was behind the doors :-(. There were no explanations on the doors. I would like to see there: a souvenir/book store, historical exposition and surely the stairs up to the bells and a top observation deck and down to an underground historical exposition. Hmm... maybe someday...
The belfry tower of Vilnius Cathedral was 57 m (187 ft) tall (with a cross on its top) that was the height of almost 20 store contemporary building. It was one of the best known landmarks of Vilnius. Well, it wasn't the most beautiful tower I ever saw. The belfry, at least its lower, round part, looked somewhat similar to a lighthouse. And its interiors were closed to the public. But its history was really impressive.
The tower was built on remains of medieval foundations of former square tower which was one of the first brick building in Lithuania. This was defensive tower of the Lower Castle. I was told that the square underground part was put up in 13th century while the over-ground round part at the end of 14th century.
Well, the tower was rebuilt many times later, first in 1522 where it was adapted to a belfry, the last one in 1803. On the base of older round basement there were 3 octagonal floors added - 2 first in baroque style and the third one in classical style.
The belfry of the Cathedral (height - 57 m with the cross) is many layered both from the historical and architectural viewpoint. Its foundations are superimposed on the remains of a square tower, on e of the oldest brick buildings in Lithuania, whose bricks are bound in the pre-Gothic (Baltic) manner. An oval four-storey tower with loopholes was built on these remains. It is the defensive tower of the Lower Castle. One could just come with his or her journal and write all about the great city of Vilnius or just simply paint or draw this wonderful site and structure.
The Cathedral Square is one of the first places in Vilnius to be mentioned in written sources. In old chronicles and legends it was called the Valley of Sventaragis. In the 13 th century there stood the Lower Castle consisting of the administrative and defence centre, arsenal and religious institutions of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The lower part of the tower standing now in Cathedral Square is the former gothic defence tower.