St. Casimir's Church, Vilnius

St. Casimir's Church, Vilnius

St. Casimir's Church was named after the patron saint of Lithuania, Prince Casimir Jagiellon. It was founded in 1604 by the Jesuits. St.

The Church of St. Casimir is one of the earliest exemplary Baroque buildings in the city; however it also displays Gothic and Renaissance elements. Its spatial composition and facade were designed along the line of the famous Il Gesù church in Rome. The shape of the building was modeled after the churches in Kraków and Lublin, with additional towers. The author of the design was Jan Frankiewicz, a pupil of architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni.

In the middle of the 18th century the church was reconstructed by architect Thomas Zebrowski. Under his supervision a stepped lantern cupola with a crown was erected. This large and impressive cupola is unique in the entire region of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Under Russia's occupation the church of St. Casimir was converted into a Russian Orthodox church. In 1915 Vilnius was occupied by the Germans and the church was converted into the Evangelical Lutheran prayer house of the Vilnius Garrison. In 1919 the church of St. Casimir was returned to the Catholics, but was damaged again during the Second World War, closed down and in 1963 converted into a Museum of Atheism. The church was reconsecrated in 1991.

The church is known for excellent acoustics and organ concerts with renowned international musicians.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Vilnius. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

St. Casimir's Church on Map

Sight Name: St. Casimir's Church
Sight Location: Vilnius, Lithuania (See walking tours in Vilnius)
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Vilnius, Lithuania

Create Your Own Walk in Vilnius

Create Your Own Walk in Vilnius

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vilnius is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Užupis District Walking Tour

Užupis District Walking Tour

The district has been popular with artists for some time, and has been compared to Montmartre in Paris and to Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen, due to its bohemian and laissez-faire atmosphere. On April 1, 1997, the district declared itself an independent republic (The Republic of Užupis), with its own constitution.***PH***

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Vilnius Old Town Walking Tour

Vilnius Old Town Walking Tour

Vilnius – the largest city and capital of Lithuania, declared in 2009 a European Capital of Culture, is well known for a multitude of churches featuring diverse architectural styles. Still, there's more to Vilnius than just architecture. Any time of year the city hosts a number of events: cultural, musical, cinematographic, theatrical and others. This orientation walk will help you find way...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Historical Churches Tour

Historical Churches Tour

Vilnius is well-known as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vilnius. Here you will discover a large number of gorgeous religious buildings designed in different architectural styles such as Gothic, Baroque, and several other designs. Take this self-guided tour to explore the most prominent historical churches in Vilnius.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles