Image of Mother of Mercy at the Chapel of the Gate of Dawn
Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, a painting of the Virgin Mary which is displayed in a chapel at the city gate of Vilnius, Lithuania, is a major destination for Catholic pilgrims. A number of miracles have been attributed to the painting, which is venerated by Roman Catholics and Orthodox faithful. Legend has it that in 1702, when Vilnius was captured by the Swedish army during the Great Northern War, Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn miraculously saved her people when the heavy iron city gates of the gate fell killing four Swedish soldiers. In 1927, the image was canonically crowned as Mother of Mercy.