Vilnius Jewish Ghetto

Choral Synagogue Vilnius Jewish Ghetto

Choral Synagogue Vilnius Jewish Ghetto

A Vilnius Jewish ghetto formed in the Middle Ages in the area bordered by Dominikonu, Vokiecu, and Stikliu streets. This territory later extended as far as the approach to the Central (Hala) Market and included districts on the other side of Pylimo Street, now the site of the only surviving synagogue of the nearly 100 prayer houses that Vilnius once had.

The streets around the Historicist style choral synagogue (built in 1903) - mainly Raugyklos, Sv. Stepono, Zemaitijos - may still have a few buildings with remnants of old inscriptions in Yiddish. The Great Synagogue, which once stood at the end of present-day Zydu Street, was torn down after the Second World War. No traces remain of adjacent smaller synagogues or the famous Strashun Library.

Address Pylimo gatve 4, Vilnius
Telephone +370 5 2613 003
Opening hours Monday to Friday 10.00 – 17:00

Vilna Gaon


Vilnius Gaon

A bust of the Vilna Gaon (Rabbi Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalman) stands on the approximate site of his 18th century home. He was a Talmudist, halakhist, kabbalist, and the foremost leader of mitnagdic (non-hasidic) Jewry of the past few centuries. He's commonly referred to in Hebrew as ha-Gaon he-Chasid mi-Vilna, "the saintly genius from Vilnius".

A few original buildings still stand on Stikliu, Gaono, and M. Antokolskio streets. The Jewish community of Vilnius - nearly 60,000 people in 1941 - was tragically exterminated during the Second World War. Exhibits from its history are found at the State Vilna Gaon Jewish Museum. A monument to the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who helped save the lives of a great many Jewish people, stands at the museum on Pamenkalno Street.

Address Naugarduko st. 10/2, Vilnius
Telephone +370 5 231 2357

Vilnius Jewish Ghetto Map

Weather in Vilnius Old Town

Today is forecast to be Cooler than yesterday. Cloudy with rain.
09/25 80%
Rain showers early will evolve into a more steady rain for the afternoon. High near 50F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
High 50° / Low 36°
09/26 80%
Partly cloudy early then becoming windy with rain developing later in the day. High 53F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
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09/27 70%
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Light rain early. A mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon. High around 60F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
High 60° / Low 53°
09/28 80%
Cloudy and damp with rain in the morning...then becoming partly cloudy. High 57F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
High 57° / Low 38°
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09/29 10%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 54F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
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