Vilnius Lithuania It’s All About Getting Married

Vilnius Lithuania – It’s All About Getting Married! We had never seen so many churches in such a small place, you couldn’t walk 50 meters on the street without seeing a church. But despite having well over 65 churches to choose from, all the people seemed to gather at one specific church – the smallest one inside a gate. If you looked up above the Gate of Dawn you would actually see the chapel itself – there are no windows, just a small fence, and in the middle of the small room is a golden image of The Virgin Mary.

Vilnius Lithuania – It’s All About Getting Married!

Vilnius Lithuania is a lovely city and has many fun and interesting things to see and do, but what I will remember the most from this place is how everything seemed to be based around churches and weddings…

Many Churches & The Gate Of Dawn

Vilnius Lithuania

Vilnius Lithuania

We had never seen so many churches in such a small place, you couldn’t walk more than 50 meters on the street without seeing a church.

But despite having well over 65 churches to choose from, all the people seemed to gather at one specific church – the smallest one inside a gate…

If you looked up above the Gate of Dawn you would actually see the chapel itself – there are no windows, just a small fence, and in the middle of the small room is a golden image of The Virgin Mary.

This is very important for the people in Lithuania, as it is said to have miraculous powers.

In the morning people sing beautiful psalms so loud you can hear them from a distance – I really loved walking through there, and seeing all the people walking through the gate, never forgetting to make a sign of the cross on their chest, as they turned towards the image of the Virgin Mary.

The Vilnius Cathedral is another very important church, which has not only been used as a church in its days but as a gallery and even an car repair shop under the Soviet rule.

The Wedding Cues & Photo-Route

Wedding in Vilnius Lithuania

Wedding in Vilnius Lithuania

There seemed to be an awful lot of couples getting married in Lithuania  perhaps they all chose Vilnius because they knew there would always be at least one church free – but this didn’t mean that there was any free space for the wedding photo shoots….

Vilnius might have many churches, but the city is tiny, and for some reason, all wedding photographers wanted to shoot in exactly the same places.

It was like a photo-shoot route, and at every spot there were at least one or two wedding groups waiting in line to have their photo shoot taken at exactly the same place – it was insane!

I have never seen so many wedding couples at one place, bored out of their minds waiting for another couple to finish so they can take their own special photos.

Being a wedding-photographer would surely be a good business in this city.

Overload Of Love Lock Bridges

Love Lock Bridge Wedding in Vilnius Lithuania

Love Lock Bridge Wedding in Vilnius Lithuania

As if one bridge to put your love locks on wasn’t enough, this town had three bridges next to each other.

I have seen love lock bridges spread all over Europe, but I never expected a country which is quite out of the way on the normal Europe route to have really caught on with this idea.

But then I saw why – it had become the routine for all newly-wed couples on their photo shoot to hang a love lock by the bridge, which explains the need of three bridges to get some space among all the bridezillas.

Hill of Crosses Klaipéda Lithuania

Hill of Crosses Klaipéda Lithuania

So of all the cities we’ve seen in Europe with a wedding craze, Vilnius takes first prize…

After staying for a couple of days in Vilnius we took a bus to Klaipéda, a small pretty town by the coast – taking a bus around Lithuania is ok if you must, but sometimes there is a real hassle with delays or inconstant connections.

Because of this, there was one place we missed – the Hill of Crosses, which seemed a really amazing and strange place to visit – so if we go back to Lithuania again I think we’d be better off booking car hire online and drive around the country instead of taking the local buses.

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12 Responses to Vilnius Lithuania It’s All About Getting Married

  1. Will - My Spanish Adventure December 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    Lovely stuff guys. I’d love to really develop my video skills and get something as good as this going. Of course it helps having the wonderful scenery of Lithuania in the background!

    • Sofia - As We Travel December 20, 2011 at 9:51 am #

      Hey Will – thanks for the comment :) Making videos was heaps of fun, also a lot of hard work :p but really worth it I think.

  2. TheWorldOrBust December 20, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    Good ole’ Lithuania….looks like a pretty nice place to stroll around for a couple days.

    • Sofia - As We Travel December 20, 2011 at 9:50 am #

      yeah – Vilnius was a really cute town, with many churches and lovely streets to explore :)

  3. James December 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

     Really a wonderful post to read it.

  4. nod 'n' smile December 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Thanks for highlighting some of the gems of this quaint little place. I’ll be heading there next year and it seems like it’ll be a nice change of pace from some of the other stops on my trip.

    • Sofia - As We Travel December 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      Ok great! I’m sure you will like it there, it’s very cute and has a relaxed atmosphere.

  5. information technology December 26, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    nice video

  6. Natasha January 11, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Have to say that I’ve just heard of you!!! And u guys sucks!Instead of using the opportunity to show other people undiscovered countries and places, you are just talking bullshit in your short non educational videos :))) sooo not cool!!!

  7. Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    gud job 
     Nathan i really liked this video ..it is vry amazing to see a small place like this..thnx.

  8. aure May 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Nice to see my country in your blog :)