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Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), Vilnius

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Monument Religious Site
Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika) represents the center of Catholic faith in Lithuania and serves as one of Vilnius' most notable buildings, particularly since it is also the resting place of the country's patron saint, St. Casimir. Built in 1783, the cathedral underwent a period of renewal after Lithuania's independence and nowadays has been restored to its former glory. Its entrance, complete with massive columns, statues, and a tower, dominates the surrounding square. Explore the cavernous interior of the church, decorated with carved-stonework ceilings, moldings, and murals. View the metal tomb of St. Casimir, one of the centerpieces of the structure. Don't miss the chance to visit the underground chapels, dedicated to different figures and a site of worship dating back further than the building itself. Here you have the opportunity to see the oldest surviving fresco in Lithuania. Add Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika) to your Vilnius travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Vilnius trip itinerary builder.
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  • All dressed in white, this Cathedral glows in the Sun on this great place. Inside (the chapel) is worth a visit, overall still very sober.
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  • When I look back at our tour aside from the beauty and the grandeur of the place I think of babies in strollers. For sure the beauty is in the details and in the small side chapels. But also in the fa...  more »
  • It is on the main square of Vilnius is the massive cathedral. On his roof, 3 sculptures of Saints Casimir, Stanislas and Helen representing respectively the Lithuania, the Poland and the Russia summarize the history of this country. The Interior is sober. To visit the Casimir chapel which is rich in decorations
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  • A must see sight in the very centre of Vilnius. Beautiful both on the inside and outside, with two entrances. It's active as a church and you're welcome to join a mass. My mother did on Easter and she was moved to tears.
  • Beautiful Cathedral, a little unusual looking when you are used to seeing Cathedrals in North America. I loved the giant statues in the front.
  • Classical style architecture makes a nice change for a cathedral in this region. Pleasant enough spot to sit for a while.
  • A must-see for tourists. Best if you have a guide to tell you about famous people burried here
  • Stunning cathedral. A must see place

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