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Church of St Ann, Vilnius: 39 reviews and 69 photos

by matcrazy1

The design of baroque altar of St. Ann's curch was baroque in style and very similar to altars I could see in say Poland, Czech and Germany (well, not many there yet). The old architecture of Vilnius look the same as in Poland with some German influences well seen.

Just keep in mind that
there were almost no native Lithuanians living in Vilnius up to the end of WWI in 1918 and majority was Polish with a lot of Jews as well but the last ones surely built different in style synagogues.

Right, Vilnius was historical capital of Lithuania but from 1385 to 1795 Lithuania and Poland were united in one state with the capital first in Krakow, then in Warsaw. Vilnius and area around (so called Middle Lithuania, partly in Belarus now) was populated mostly by Poles and belonged to Poland from 1922 to 1939. That's why old Vilnius looked similar to Krakow at some places.

Address: Maironio gatve 8, Vilnius
Directions: From the Cathedral Square walk Pilies gatve (Castle Street), turn first stree left (Bernardinu gatve), churches at its end, across Maironio gatve.
Phone: 8-698-17731
Website: http://www.vilnius.lt/new/en/gidas.php?open=39&root=1&sub_cat1=81#25

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2004
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