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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. Use our Vilnius travel itinerary maker to visit St. Anne's Church on your trip to Vilnius, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Right in the center of Old Town Vilnius, this church is easy to get to and is near Uzupis, not far from the Amber Museum, and not far from the Palace. It's definitely worth a peek!  more »
  • St.Anne church- little gothic church,made of very ornate red bricks masonry,amasing outside,but very simply interior.  more »
  • The most valuable part of the temple is regarded as the main façade, unrivalled not only in Lithuania, but also in the entire eastern European brick Gothic architecture. Composition of the pediment is called the greatest masterpiece of architecture. It is notable for the unusual plasticity, diversity and its decorativeness of lines and shapes. Proper symmetrical composition façade formed three graceful towers, graceful forms and of the same height, with the highlight the middle part.
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  • Small, but amazing gothic style church, build from 33 different shapes of bricks. Very valuable from outside. Must to see it! If someone will say that Napoléon Bonaparte wanted to take this church on his hand with him, that is not true. He used it as a stable for his houses instead.
  • St. Anne's Catholic Church is a masterpiece of the late Gothic period. The building will be interesting for those who like gothic style.
  • One of most beautyfull gothic ansambles in Vilnius old town left from 16th century. Legend does say that Napoleon was so amazed of the church of saint Ann, that wanted to take it on the palm of his hand to Paris.
  • The architecture of this church differs from the other churches of the town in a way that would probably remind you the city of Barcelona. It deserves a visit.
  • If you're in Vilnius then you have to stop by to see this magnificent structure. It's remarkably stunning!