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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  • unusual lump (Lithuanian church construction) nicely stands out against the background of the environment. It is a pity that so many years have passed and no one architecture in the middle ... A piece of history. Napoleon wanted him to move to France. Worth to see
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  • Perhaps the most beautiful church in Vilnius. A classic example of Gothic architecture. Especially beautiful on the outside.
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  • A very beautiful structure, which is a typical example of Gothic architecture. Behind him is the Bernardine Park, very very nice place for walks and a small respite between sightseeing in Vilnius.
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  • It looks very delicately and poetically. There is a legend that Napoléon Bonaparte after seeing the church during the Franco-Russian War in 1812, expressed a wish to carry the church home with him to Paris 'in the palm of his hand'.
  • Unique, small, but at the same time so great and beautiful. No wonder why Napoleon wanted to take it back to France.
  • One of not-to-be-missed sights of the city. An exquisite example of Flamboyant Gothic.
  • Unique red bricked Gothic church, what have beautiful wall paintings inside. History say that Napoleon used to hold his horses there, what could describe why church is very simple from inside.
  • Beautiful church inside and out. Well worth a visit

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