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.
From outside the Presidential Palace of Vilnius is just like many other government buildings in Europe: a stoic neo-classical building with a guard of honour posted out front. But if you have the patience to make it past the security outside, complete with unsmiling officials and a metal detector, you'll get to enjoy a walk through the peaceful palatial gardens and admire its unique sculptures. It's free, so it's definitely worth the effort. It's also a great way to escape the tourist crowds, at least until the next tour group piles in.
The building will eventually become the official residence of the President of Lithuania, and it has served a similar function going back centuries. Famous residents include Tsar Alexander I and Napoleon Bonaparte, while guests have included the likes of King Louis XVIII of France. I don't know if you will continue to visit the gardens once the president officially moves in, so best make the best of it while you can.
Home to both the president and government proceedings, the Presidential Palace dates back to the late 1300s and has been expanded and renovated many times in the centuries since. When the president is in the city the presidential flag is flown over the building, and free tours in Lithuanian only occur on Fridays and Saturdays (limited ticketing).
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!
When you'll be walking around old city (i am sure you'll are), go the president work place. For today - you can go to the inside yard, which is opened for visitors some weeks ago. Near it - the oldest universtity in Vilnius, and East Europe too.
The Presidential Palace (in Lithuanian: Prezidentura) dates back to the late 14th century, but has been rebuilt and expanded many times since then. The present appearance in Empire Style is from a reconstruction in the 19th century.
For many years, it served as a residence for the Bishops in Vilnius, but also Russian Tsars and Napoleon Bonaparte (during his invasion of Russia) have used the palace. Up through the 1900s, the Presidential Palace housed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Military Officers' Centre, and also several Lithuanian artists. But in 1997, the palace became the official office and residence of the President of Lithuania.
The presidential flag (with the coat of arms) is flying over the palace when the President is present or in the city.
Historically the Episcopal Palace had stood on the site since 14th century. Today, after restoration the late Neo-Classical style building houses the offices of the President of Lithuania.