Church of St. Casimir, Vilnius

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Church of St. Casimir (Šv. Kazimiero bažnyčia, Kościół Św. Kazimierza) is a Roman Catholic church in Vilnius' Old Town, close to the Vilnius' Town Hall. It is the first and the oldest baroque church in Vilnius, built in 1618. The construction of the church began in 1604 in memory of the holy prince Saint Casimir: it was built by the Jesuits with funding by the Great Chancellor of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Lew Sapieha. It is traditionally assumed that the corner stone (which can be seen on the façade wall) was pulled into the city by procession of 700 Vilniusites from the Antakalnis hills. The construction was finished in 1616, and the interior design completed in 1618. The Church of St. Casimir is one of the earliest exemplary Baroque buildings in the city, designed along the line of the famous Il Gesù church in Rome (Church of the Gesù). It was apparently designed by Povilas Bokša, and the construction was supervised by Jan Frankiewicz, a pupil of architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni. In the middle of the 18th century the church was reconstructed by architect Tomas Žebrauskas. Under his supervision a stepped lantern cupola with a crown was erected. This large and impressive cupola is unique in the entire region of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Under Russia's occupation the church of St. Casimir was converted into a Russian Orthodox church. In 1915 Vilnius was occupied by the Germans and the church was converted into the Evangelical Lutheran prayer house of the Vilnius Garrison. In 1919 the church of St. Casimir was returned to the Catholics, but was damaged again during the Second World War, closed down and in 1963 converted into a Museum of Atheism. The church was reconsecrated in 1991.
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  • I was first attracted by her pretty pink façade. However the opening of the Church do not match with the information I found on the internet. So we found door closed while it was supposed to be open. It seems to me that it is so the lottery for several churches in the country. We are back later in the day and it was open. So we could see the Interior, which is nice, but I prefer the outside.
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  • 6 July, 2017. My first walk through the Old Town in Vilnius took me through one of the most exquisite churches close to the Gates of Dawn, St. Casimir's Church (which was unfortunately closed in those...  more »
  • Appearance in front of the old town hall square is the pink church interior walls and ceilings are white, gorgeous, inside but church staff is not like other take. admission is free of charge
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  • If you visit Vilnius for the churches or just the sights, this is definitely worth a visit.
  • See the hidden crown on the top, it will show up when changing angle a little bit.
  • This is one of the most beautiful church in Vilnius. Stop by to take some photos ! Worth a visit.
  • Beautiful church. Look at the crown on top.
  • The Soviets once turned this Church into a museum of atheism.

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