Most beautiful temples in Vilnius 2


St. John’s church
St. John’s church is a part of a university complex. While standing on Peter Skarga’s square you can see a symmetrical baroque façade and 63m bell tower with a viewpoint on top.
The interior of St. John’s church is richly ornamented. Some of the most beautiful things here are the rococo styled main altar, the golden St. Victor’s altar and the most famous organ prospect in Lithuania. Fun fact: One of the church’s organists was Stanislaw Moniuszko.
There are many cultural souvenirs here, including commemorative boards of Anthony Edward Odyniec, Vladislaw Syrokomla, Tadeusz Kościuszko and the bust of Adam Mickiewicz.

St. Nicolas’ church
St. Nicolas’ church, located by Wielka street, is one of the oldest temples in Vilnius. In the 19th century it was rebuilt in Russian-Byzantine style. Inside the church it is quite dark, and you can smell burning candles – a remarkable feeling. You will see a beautiful iconostasis, and on the opposite site – decorated ovens. If you like visiting churches, you can find another one not to far, it is St. Paraskiewa’s church.

St. Kazimerz’s church and alley.
The monumental St. Kazimierz’s church was one of the most important churches of Vilnius in Rzeczpospolita times. Its dome (the largest one in Vilnius) is ornamented with a royal crown. It was made in baroque style and modeled after the Roman 2nd Gesu.
The characteristic parts of Vilnius are its picturesque alleys. One of them, known as Kazimierian Alley is at the back of the church and the former monastery.
Other well-known alleys in Vilnius are the Bernardinian Alley and the Literary Alley.

The Holly Spirit church
By Ostrobramska street you can find three unusual temples. The first one is the orthodox Holly Spirit church. You can get to the church and former monastery through the gate. On the outside the church looks quite toned and calm, but on the inside it stuns its visitors with rococo splendor. It is the most beautiful church in Vilnius.
In many aspects this temple is quite unusual. The iconostasis reminds the visitors more of a Catholic altar, while the church was built on the plan of a latin cross.

St. Trinity church and Basilian monastery
You can get to the Basilian monastery and the St. Trinity church through the stately baroque styled gate. When you go through the Bazilian gate, you feel like going back in time.
The ruined monastery building, scratched church walls and old frescoes – it all adds up to the unique and interesting atmosphere. In the 19th century the monastery was the location of a tsarist prison. Here was the place of arresting Adam Mickiewicz and the story of the third part of “Dziady”. Today in the monastery rooms there is a hotel. Quite an interesting sleepover place, isn’t it?

St. Teresa’s church
St. Teresa’s church is connected to Ostra Brama. That’s why it’s often called the Ostrobramski church. This is one of the most beautiful temples in Vilnius, and its facade reminds the visitors of the baroque churches in Rome. The interior is kept in a uniform rococo style. You will really need to raise your heads and see the ornamented vault.

The choral synagogue
The last stop on our trip – the only survived Jewish temple in Vilnius.
The choral synagogue in Vilnius was built in 1903 in Moorish style. You should find it without any problem on Pylimo gatve by noticing the characteristic blue dome.

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