Vilna Gaon Monument
Vilna Gaon Monument
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amandawalks
Visalia, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
What an amazing, vibrant, friendly city.
My sister and I stayed in the old Jewish area, right next to the Vilna Gaon statue - our tiny balcony overlooked it - and we were within walking distance to everything. Every corner we turned had lovely old buildings repurposed as shops and restaurants.
Written 6 October 2023
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Jerrold L
Toronto, Canada58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The monument itself is unimpressive, but it is an important part of Jewish hsitory, and the heritage of Torah learning in Vilna. The street names are Gaono and Zidu -- which testify to the Jewish heritage of the area. Worth a walk-by when visiting Vilnius
Written 20 August 2023
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA6,672 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Great leader of the Jewish people of Vilnius.

Considered a founder of modern interpretation of the Talmud making access to all and embracing the sciences.
Written 25 April 2023
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,556 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Important to visit more for what it represents than for what it is, the Vilna Gaon Monument commemorates one of the 18th century’s great Jewish sages. Elijah Ben Solomon Zalman, known by his honorific, Vilna Gaon (pious sage from Vilnius), was the foremost non-Hasidic religious leader of his time. A renowned teacher and Talmudist, he also encouraged his students to study the natural sciences and mathematics. He lived ascetically and his influence continues to this day.

Located on the edge of Old Town and in what was once the Jewish Quarter, the monument is a little hard to find. Although well-marked on maps, the reason it was hard to find is that I expected something larger and more grand. However, the smaller size seems in keeping with the humility of the man. A plaque on a wall to the right of the monument as you face it commemorates the location of where the Gaon lived. His nearby synagogue no longer remains.

This is not where the Vilna Gaon is buried. To visit his grave, you need to visit the Saltonishkiu Cemetery on the edge of town. When the Soviets destroyed the original Shnipishok cemetery in 1950 to make way for a sports stadium, the Vilna Gaon and some others were re-interred in this other cemetery.
Written 10 February 2020
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durham05
Durham, UK1,235 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
Interesting monument located at the heart of what once was the Jewish quarter, adjacent to the site of where the great Vilnius Synagogue was. Not a lot to see now. The school building that currently occupies the site will be demolished in the near future..
Written 16 June 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,962 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Couples
Vilna Gaon was a prominent Jewish resident of Vilnius and was responsible for Vilnius getting the name 'Jerusalem of the North'. This was an interesting bronze head on a column but sadly no information as to what it represented and located in a poorly maintained area and was found by accident.
Written 9 June 2019
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Israel55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
You can't visit Vilnius without paying homage to its Jewish heritage (before the Jews were all killed off during the Holocaust). The Vilna Gaon is one such personality, whose memory is honored in this sculpture. A bit hidden, hard to find, but historic nonetheless.
Written 5 June 2019
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