"Church and state; donations and taxes" Top 5 Page for this destination Vilnius Local Custom Tip by matcrazy1

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by matcrazy1

The power was divided/shared by church and state authorities in Europe and Vilnius in the old past. The both systems worked at the same time but the state power had to be more efficient. Hmm... you know taxes. And obligatory taxes defeated voluntary alms and donations. In real, the process of transfarmation of the powers took ages and was much more complicated. Anyway, in Vilnius I could see quite many natives throwing coins to money boxes put inside churches.

Well, in the past generous donors of the Roman catholic church were not only respected but often additionally rewarded. I could see many plaques affixed to walls of Vilnian churches to commemorate their great donors.

Just one example from St. Ann's church on my picture. The inscription was in old, archaic Polish language and said:
Of blessed memory Dominika Puchalska from the house of Pilescki passed away on February 9, 1906, contributed to renovation of the charge thanks to the donation of windows and floor. The soul of the good donor is commended to prayers.

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2004
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