More Churches in the Old Town of Vilnius

The Old Town of Vilnius is one of the largest in Europe, and the churches of the Old Town seem to appear wherever one’s gaze wanders. Some of the churches have been breathtakingly restored. Others remain in a state of disrepair.

The Church of Saint Anne was contsructed in the Late Gothic style over a period of 100 years and was completed in 1581. Napoleon is said to have been so enchanted with the Church of Saint Anne that he wished he could carry it back to Paris in the palm of his hand. Whether Napoleon ever made such a statement is debatable. In fact, he stationed some of his cavalry in the church during the Napoleonic Wars, during which time most of the stained glass was broken and the wax ceilings destroyed by the soldiers’ campfires.

The Church of Saint Anne in Vilnius Lithuania

The Church of Saint Anne

SOURCE: The Church of Saint Anne in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 25 October 2007.

The Bernardine Church, properly the Church of Saints Francis and Bernardino, was constructed by Bernardine monks at the beginning of the 16th century. Nestled behind the Church and Belltower of the Church of Saint Anne, the Bernardine Church still contains most of its original Gothic polychrome murals.

The Bernardine Church in Vilnius Lithuania

The Bernardine Church

SOURCE: The Bernardine Church in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 25 October 2007.

The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Southeast part of the Old Town is apparently part of the Convent of the Visitants. Both the church and the convent are protected inside a walled courtyard and are in some degree of disrepair.

The Church of the Assumption in Vilnius Lithuania

The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

SOURCE: The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 25 October 2007.

In Vilnius, there are two churches named for the Assumption. The Church of the Assumption in the Southeast part of the Old Town of Vilnius is close to the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Missionary Monastery is adjacent to the church.

The Church of the Heart of Jesus in Vilnius Lithuania

The Church of the Assumption

SOURCE: The Church of the Assumption in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 25 October 2007.

Copyright © 2007 by Stephen J. Danko

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3 Responses to More Churches in the Old Town of Vilnius

  1. Lithuanian says:

    This is not town this is big city, capital of Lithuania
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    • Steve says:

      By “Old Town”, I was referring to the section of the city of Vilnius that is known as the Old Town. Sorry for any confusion.

      Steve

  2. Carla HULECKI Killelea says:

    Looking for the graves of Haller’s Army soldier Wladyslaw Hulecki b. in Wilno 1897 died during WW1. And the grave of Elias Stankiewicz, was a mayor and murdered by Bolshevics (sp?) about 1890′s. Thanks

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