"Museum of religious tolerance? (idea)" Top 5 Page for this destination Churches Tip by matcrazy1
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When I visited the Church of St. Francis of Assisi (Bernardinai) I found a lot of destroyed old, historical monuments, altars (one on my picture), frescos, sculptures, commemorative plaques etc. They were destroyed neither by war nor by fire/water but by Soviet totalitarian and intolerant to religion system. The Soviet Union destroyed many amazing churches of great artistic and historical value irretrievably. Well, under "more tolerant" Soviet regime in Vilnius most of them at least survived. They were closed or served as stores, stables, troops headquarters or... so called Museums of Atheism. In other areas of Soviet empire many churches were blown up (in Vilnius the Three Crosses). Since Lithuania regained independence most of them were renovated.
I got an idea to save one of them in its original = destroyed during Soviet occupation shape and opening the museum of religious tolerance (or Soviet intolerance) inside. I thought about displaying pictures (were there any ?) of a church in say 1939 or before to make it possible to compare the look. I would add historical info on victims of religious persecution. Well, not only catholic religion was persecuted in the Soviet Union, so such museum would be put inside say Jewish synagogue as well. Or maybe a church/synagogue is not the best place for any museum?
What do you think about the idea? E-mail me, please.
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