After being closed for an entire decade and after three years of architectural research and restoration work, the Vilnius Cathedral Belfry has finally opened its doors to visitors.
The Belfry is the element of particular importance of Vilnius Cathedral as well as Lower and Upper Castle, one of the vertical dominants of the Old Town of Vilnius that became the symbol of the city. In the 13th century the tower was part of the defensive wall. Almost all ground floor of the old tower has survived to the present day. In the 16th century the defensive tower became the Belfry of the Cathedral; it acquired its present appearance in the beginning of the 19th century. The height of the Belfry is 52 m, with the cross – 57 meters.
The Belfry, one of the oldest and tallest towers of the Old Town, offers a beautiful panorama. Residents and guests of Vilnius will be able to see exposition of bells, the old clock of the city, explore the historic pictures of the reconstruction of Belfry and the Cathedral. Video surveillance cameras installed on the top floor of the Belfry will help the visitors to get acquainted with the city panorama and famous architectural sights.