Built in the 14th century under the auspices of the first Bishop of Vilnius, Andrzej Wasilko, this building served as the Bishops' Palace until the 18th century. Badly damaged by two fires, it was reconstructed in 1750 and was from then on used as a residence for emperors, kings and noblemen. Its residents included Tsar Paul I, a few Russian governors, like Mikhail Muravyov nicknamed 'The Hangman', and the future King of France, Louis XVIII. In 1812 both Tsar Alexander I and the French Emperor Napoleon resided there.
The Palace owes its present-day appearance to reconstruction in the Empire style by the prominent St. Petersburg architect Vasily Stasov in the years 1824-1834. It now serves as the Presidential Palace. When we were there the President must have been in residence as the flag displaying his coat of arms was hoisted.
The history of the Presidential Palace dates back to the 14th century when the first palace was built for the Bishop. Later both Tsar Alexander I and Napoleon lived here.
After massive renovations in 1997 the current Classical-style palace got its present purpose: Seat of the Lithuanian President.
The Presidential Palace is located in the northwestern part of the old town, just west of the university area.
Address: Presidential Palace, Daukanto aikste 3/8, Vilnius
This Palace has a long history dating back to the 14th century. A beautiful restored building facing a large parade ground it is today the official residence of the President of Lithuania.
The Palace has been continually altered and improved over the centuries.
In 1812 both the Russian Tsar Alexander1 and the French Emperor Napoleon used the Palace as their residence during Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
So sorry if I have so many political must see activities for Vilnius, but that's my bag. Here is the backyard of the President's residential palace. The beautiful garden reflects many Lithuanians' skill at gardening.
Obviously, one should go here during the spring. The garden is amazing, but should you happen to arrive during one of the 9 months of Lithuania's winter, the palace itself has guided tours and many cool things to explore.
This is a shot from inside the Presidential Palace - the Presidential entryway. Only the President and honored guests are allowed to walk on it. The tour guide didn't say anything about laying on it (after the tour moved on and my sister and I hung back a bit!)
Napoleon Bonaparte once rested here, so why can't I? : )
The Palace was first built in 1387 for the Archbishop of Vilnius Andrius Vasila.
In the 17th-18th centuries, the Palace suffered from wars and fires, while when Lithuania was under Russian power, the palace was residence of the Tsars (Alexander I, and also Napoleon Bonaparte slept here!).
The present day shape was built in the early 19th century with the design of the renowned architect Vassily Stasov of St.Petersburg.
In the last years it was also used as French embassy, now it has been totally restored and it's home of the President of Lithuania
It is fascinating palace near the Vilnius university. Napoleon lived here for some time and Russian Tsar Alexander the First guested palace too. Palace has a beautiful inside yard and vine cellar. There was a building even in XIV century, but it was reconstructed to classicism style later. President works and receives delegations from foreign countries. There are two squares near presidential palace - Daukanto square and inner square (behind white walls).
This building is the central part of the former Governors Palace. The first palace here was built in the 15th century and was used as the Vilnius bishops residence until the last division of the Polish Lithuanian state in 1795. The general-govenor moved in next, and in the 19th century many distinguished historical personalities such as Napoleon and Kutzov resided here. the palace was reconstructed between 1824 - 1832. The presidents office is on the right hand side of the palace.
Presidential Palace, oh well what can I say except the president of Lithuania reside in this palace.
The building is located in the Old Town sector of Vilnius. The palace trace back from the 14th century and since then it has various changes to the structures and it has served many people with power. The Russian Tsar Alexander I resided at the palace during 1796. Mikhail Muravyev the infamous Russian governors nicknamed the “hangman” reside at the Palace. Since the 14th century the Palace, even Napoleon Bonaparte used the Palace during his megalomania ambitions.
At present I think Dalia Grybauskaite the president of Lithuania reside at the palace, I could be wrong.
We stayed in Hotel Artis, which is located opposite the presidential palace and we could even see the palace from our room. Also, right next to the hotel there's the ministry of defense. So, we were in a good company!
8 Reviews and 143 Opinions The Radisson Sas is one very nice hotel here in the old city. Good location where you can walk to...
Neringa Hotel Vilnius
7 Reviews and 57 Opinions The Neringa had a touch of the past about it, despite its modern, heavily refurbished rooms. The...
Shakespeare Vilnius Hotel Vilnius
2 Reviews and 136 Opinions Very good quality accomodation. Service excellent as well. We had dinner one night, and it was good...