CHURCH OF ST. Francis of Assisi (Bernardine) Parish, Vilnius

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The Church of St. Francis and St. Bernard (also known as Bernardine Church) is a Roman Catholic church in the Old Town of Vilnius, Lithuania. It is located next to St. Anne's Church. Dedicated to Saints Francis of Assisi and Bernardino of Siena, it is an important example of Gothic architecture in Lithuania.HistoryAfter their arrival in Vilnius, Bernardine monks built a wooden church in the second half of the 15th century, and at the end of the same century - a brick one. In the early 16th century it was reconstructed, apparently with the participation of a master from Gdansk (Danzig) Michael Enkinger. In the beginning of the 16th century the church was incorporated into the construction of Vilnius defensive wall, so there are shooting openings in its walls. Afterwards it was renewed many times, particularly after the 1655-61 war with Moscow, when the Cossacks ravaged the church killing the monks and citizens who had taken shelter there. In the times of the Soviet occupation it was closed down and handed over to the Art institute. In 1994, the brethren of St. Francis returned to the church. According to the legend, the Bernardine monks used to tell such good sermons that crowds would come to listen. That is why the church is so large.
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  • Very old and gothic style church. Impressive. Worth visiting this beautiful church and don't forget to snap a panoramatic picture there.  more »
  • Lovely inside and out. The interior has in particular remains of some nice frescoes and wood sculptures. Free to enter.  more »
  • Beautiful church next to St. Anne's. Massive buttresses. Was converted by the Soviets to a warehouse before being restored to a church after independence.  more »
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