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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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Boutique hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts line the streets of Vilnius. Options range from budget hostels and guesthouses to luxury hotels. Many lodgings are concentrated in the city center, near the scenic Neris River; accommodations a bit farther out can be just as pleasant with a lower price tag.
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  • An impressive Roman Catholic church in the Old Town, on the right bank of the Vilnia River. It's a prominent example of both Flamboyant Gothic (characterized by its dramatic attention to detail and th...  more »
  • St. Anne's is the only Gothic church I saw among many later churches. It is on a pretty square off to the left of the main street of Old Town as you walk from the Cathedral square. Our Road Scholar gr...  more »
  • One of the very few gothic churches in town. There is nothing special inside. So do not be upset if churche is closed. Everything what is worth to see is outside.  more »
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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