Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika) represents the center of Catholic faith in Lithuania and serves as one of Vilnius' most notable buildings, particularly since it is also the resting place of the country's patron saint, St. Casimir. Built in 1783, the cathedral underwent a period of renewal after Lithuania's independence and nowadays has been restored to its former glory. Its entrance, complete with massive columns, statues, and a tower, dominates the surrounding square. Explore the cavernous interior of the church, decorated with carved-stonework ceilings, moldings, and murals. View the metal tomb of St. Casimir, one of the centerpieces of the structure. Don't miss the chance to visit the underground chapels, dedicated to different figures and a site of worship dating back further than the building itself. Here you have the opportunity to see the oldest surviving fresco in Lithuania. Make Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika) part of your personalized Vilnius itinerary using our Vilnius trip website .
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Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika) Reviews
Главный кафедральный собор Литвы. Направляясь к нему, ожидал увидеть сооружение с соответствующим убранством внутри. Увиденным был разочарован. Такое впечатление что он как был так и остался в советск... more »The main cathedral of Lithuania. Heading to it, I expected to see the structure with the appropriate decoration inside. I was disappointed. It seems that he was as and remained in the Soviet period, when religious buildings were appropriately treated. I don't understand that at all!
It’s lovely to see how well preserved the cathedral is. It’s wasn’t crowded so we could look around freely and take photos without disturbance. more »
Vilnius Cathedral is probably the best located cathedral that I've seen. Owing to the wonderful location and setting, it and the immediate surroundings attract many many young people and passers-by. Amazing history, and probably my No 1 pic for a cathedral in Europe that I've come across. Inside, it has a lovely but also understated elegant beauty. This is quite unusual and nice... personally I find the internal decoration, if you like, of cathedrals a little over the top. One doesn't need that in a religious facility. Nearby is the river, several major historic sites, and of course the main Promenade of the city. Amazing location and beauty.
If you find the typical cathedral too chintz and over-adorned, then Vilnius Cathedral is a welcome antidote. Yes there is a gold cross on the roof, but it's a beautiful landmark. The bell tower is well worth paying to go inside.
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