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St. Anne's Church, Vilnius

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An ornate example of Gothic architecture within the historical city center, St. Anne's Church and its red brick spires represent one of Vilnius' most recognizable buildings. Originally constructed in 1500, the church survived multiple wars, conflicts, and 50 years of Soviet rule. Legend has it that the invading Napoleon found it so beautiful that he wished to send it brick-by-brick back to Paris for his own. Despite the outside, its interior is Baroque: keep an eye out for the ornate altar and carved wooden statues. Take in the sizeable stained-glass windows, high vaulted ceilings, and incorporation of the church's signature bricks into the arches themselves. For St. Anne's Church and beyond, use our Vilnius trip planner to get the most from your Vilnius vacation.
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  • Incredibly beautiful church. Almost unnoticed. Unfortunately didn't manage to visit inside (not sure if it is possible), but definitely the most beautiful one in Vilnius. 
    Incredibly beautiful church. Almost unnoticed. Unfortunately didn't manage to visit inside (not sure if it is possible), but definitely the most beautiful one in Vilnius.  more »
  • Within Vilnius’ Bernardine Historical-Architectural Ensemble, St. Anne’s Church must surely be the jewel in the crown. Piercing the sky, its many brick-red spires give rise to a very dramatic image.....  more
    Within Vilnius’ Bernardine Historical-Architectural Ensemble, St. Anne’s Church must surely be the jewel in the crown. Piercing the sky, its many brick-red spires give rise to a very dramatic image.....  more »
  • Our hotel was up the street so I could view the exterior with coffee in the morning but then we'd be doing things during the day and didn't make it inside before it closed. The courtyard has some... 
    Our hotel was up the street so I could view the exterior with coffee in the morning but then we'd be doing things during the day and didn't make it inside before it closed. The courtyard has some...  more »
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  • The great thing is that this church was renovated in the past years. The work progress and difference are very visible. When I was there, there was also a small, but interesting open air exibition related to war in Ukraine.
  • A 520-year-old Gothic church, built of red bricks. Outside there is a small tipi tent with wooden beams that warm the tent and the atmosphere. The church is functional and has a partner activity, in addition you can enter and be impressed by it. Highly recommended
  • This was far & away the most beautiful landmark I came across during my time in Vilnius. Even after seeing about a bazillion European cathedrals/ churches/ chapels, etc…this one stands out. They apparently used 33 different varieties of bricks (colors, textures, shapes & sizes) to create a sort of “flaming” facade. Come near sunset on a clear day, & be rewarded with a true sight to behold.
  • Stunning red brick structure nestled in the middle of Vilnius's white snow-covered streets, right next to the Bernadine Garden. You can take a peek inside for free. Don't forget to read up on the what the building has been used for in the past centuries on a plaque inside!
  • Great looking building for a photostop although small inside. Gothic interior, although better gothic interiors seen in the Prague churches. Apparently Emperor Napoleon like this church so much, he wanted to take it with him on leaving the city

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