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Jul 18 2014

Baroque Beauty in Vilnius

I loved the architecture in Vilnius, but there is one particular building which stood out for me – the church of St Peter and St Paul.  When you look at this photo, I’m sure you will understand why I chose it for this week’s Foto Friday.
This incredibly ornate church was built in the 17th century to celebrate victory over the Russians.  It really has the wow factor because there is so much to look at with over 2000 religious depictions and a glass bead, boat-shaped chandelier, which was a later addition.  It is far grander than the previous two wooden churches that are thought to have stood on the same site.

I had no idea when I walked up the steps that the body of Hetman Michał Kazimierz Pac (the person who funded this church) was buried underneath it (at his request).  Apparently, he died before it was finished, so when the church was finally completed, it was slightly different to the original plans.  One difference was the size of the altar.

The church isn’t in the centre of Vilnius, so it is possible to miss it if you are only there for a short time.  However, in my opinion, it is definitely worth taking the time to visit it while you are in the city.


This is where it is located and I know that both of the city tour buses stop there and give you time to go inside.

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