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Orthodox church of Holy Spirit - Vilnius

Orthodox church of Holy Spirit

Orthodox church of Holy Spirit Russian Othodox church of the Holy Spirit Review

Although the position of catholic religion is dominant in Vilnius, we can't forget that the city has always been a kind of melting-pot, where different nationalities, religions and cultures co-existed. One of the most interesting orthodox churches is the Russian Church of Holy Spirit with its impressive iconostas from 18th century.

Address: Ausros Vartu st. 10

Directions: Going to Gate of Dawn

Phone: +370 (5) 2127765

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 7, 2004
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Church of Holy Spirit - Vilnius

Church of Holy Spirit

Church of the Holy Spirit Church of the Holy Spirit Review

The church is a beautiful example of late Baroque. The interior is rich in ornaments, bas-reliefs and frescos. Their abundance is so great that it's impossible to take in all the details. The sixteen golden altars guarded by angels make us speechless, the main altar amazes with intricacy of ornaments, the dome delights.
Holy Spirit is the only church in Vilnius where the services are held only in Polish. It's also the only church where even in soviet times masses were said regularly. Today it is the place which integrates Polish minority in Vilnius and the pilgrims coming from Poland.

Address: Dominikonø st. 8

Directions: At the end of Vokieèiø gatve turn on your right.

Phone: +37052629595

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Adam Mickiewicz - Vilnius

Adam Mickiewicz

Adam Mickiewicz Statue of Adam Mickiewich Review

The statue of Polish romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz was placed next to the church of St. Ann's in 1984. It is the work of Lithuanian artist Gediminas Jokubonis. Here, in front of the monument, first independence marches started in 1987.

Directions: Near the church of St Ann

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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St. Francis and Bernardine - Vilnius

St. Francis and Bernardine

Church of St. Francis and Bernardine Church of St. Francis and Bernardine Review

The church of St. Francis and Bernardine which forms one complex with St Ann's is completely different. Although Gothic as well, it's much more massive and stern. Deprived of all furnishings in soviet times now it is being renovated. The interior, bare and damaged, makes a gloomy impression.

Address: Maironio st. 10

Directions: Near St Ann's church

Phone: +370 (5) 260 92 92

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Church of St. Ann - Vilnius

Church of St. Ann

Church of St. Ann Church of St Ann Review

It is the most beautiful example of Gothic architecture in Vilnius. The whole structure looks light and graceful and the stonework seems to be made of lace. More than 30 kinds of bricks were used to build this masterpiece of architecture. Unfortunately, the interior disappoints.

Address: Maironio st. 8

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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belfry - Vilnius

belfry

The belfry Belfry in Cathedral Square Review

The belfry (57 m high) was probably a part of defence walls in the past. The proof of this theory are loopholes in its lower part. Half the way between the belfry and the main entrance to the cathedral a careful observer may find a pavement stone with the word 'Stebuklas' (miracle) on it. It is said to be a magical place which makes wishes come true. Why don't you have a try? Just stand on it, make a wish and turn around.

Address: Katedros sq. 1

Directions: Near the tower of Gediminas

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 6, 2004
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St. Casimir chapel - Vilnius

St. Casimir chapel

Cathedral - interior Cathedral Review

The cathedral interior is magnificent, especially its side chapels. The true gem is a baroque chapel of St. Casimir, which was built in 1630. The dominant materials used here are black marble and alabaster. The chapel is devoted to St. Casimir, a saint patron of Lithuania. The frescos show different scenes from the life of this pious young man, who died in 1484, at the age of 26.

Address: Katedros sq. 1

Directions: Near the tower of Gediminas

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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Cathedral - Vilnius

Cathedral

Cathedral Cathedral Review

It is said that in pagan times in the place of present cathedral was a sacrificial altar with eternal flame. When in 1386 Poland and Lithuania formed a Union and king Jagiello was baptized, he built here a christian cathedral and extinguished the pagan flame. It was considered to be the reason why the Cathedral suffered from the fires so many times, and then had to undergo so many reconstructions. The fires were not the only disaster; in 1931 cathedral was destroyed by the flood, but it also brought about the thorough renovation, during which the forgotten crypts were discovered. Among magnates and rulers buried here is Barbara Radziwillowna. She is mainly remembered today as the great love of Polish king Zygmunt August, who decided to marry her (in secret), in spite of Polish parliament protests.
In the soviet period the cathedral was turned into picture gallery and concert hall. The 5-metre figures which present saint Helen, Casimir and Stanislaus were destroyed at that time. But in 1996 copies were put in their place.

Address: Katedros sq. 1

Directions: Near the tower of Gediminas

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Gate of Dawn - Vilnius

Gate of Dawn

Gate of Dawn Gates of Dawn Review

It used to be a part of old defence walls (built in 16th century) and is the only preserved one of the nine gates. The chapel which was to house the miraculous picture was originally built of wood, and after the fire in 1715 was replaced by the stone one. In the past the inscriptions on the facade were in Polish, but tsar governor ordered to change it into Latin 'Mater Misericordia'. The picture has been considered miraculous since 17th century. Pilgrims from Poland, Lithuania and also other countries come to worship Madonna, ask her favours or thank for graces, and they leave votives which cover the walls of the chapel.
July 2nd, 1927 was the day of Virgin's Mary coronation to the Queen of Poland. Hence two crowns on her head: one is the symbol of the Queen of Heaven, the other the Queen of Poland.
Today the Gate of Dawn is the first place the Poles come to when visiting Vilnius. The crowd is sometimes so big that it takes a long time to enter the chapel, but everyone wants to get as close as possible to the Picture.

Address: Ausros Vartu st. 12

Directions: Ending of Ausros Vartu street

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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