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Church of St. Francis Xavier, Kaunas

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Church of St. Francis Xavier (Šv. Pranciškaus Ksavero bažnyčia) is located in the Old Town of Kaunas, Lithuania. The church dedicated to St. Francis Xavier was built at the Town Hall Square in the Old Town of Kaunas by Jesuits. They opened their first residence in Kaunas in 1642 and established a chapel in the House of Perkūnas in 1643. Later they also founded a first four-form school in the city in 1649. The construction of the church started in 1666, and it was consecrated in 1722.Tsarist Russian government gave the church to the Orthodox church for their use in 1824. The church was again assigned to the Jesuits only in 1924. After Lithuania was occupied by Soviets the St. Francis Xavier church was turned into a technical school, the interior of the church was used as a hall of sports. The church was returned again to the Jesuits in 1989. A renovation of the church took place in 1992.
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  • If you have just been in Peter and Paul this can not impress you. Together with the town hall it looks nice on the square but that's about it . You wouldn't miss anything if you skip it.  more »
  • The Church of St Francis Xavier is situated in the old town of Kaunas and was built by the Jesuits around 1700. Under Tsarist rule, the church was given to the Orthodox faith, whilst during the Soviet...  more »
  • Nice church in the city centre, but definetely not one of the best in Kaunas. Outside would need some renewing while inside is a bit too simple, but still worth to see if you have some time!  more »