Vilnius Cathedral
Vilnius Cathedral
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Vilnius Cathedral is one of the oldest Lithuanian churches. It was mentioned for the first time in recorded history in 1387, the same year as the Christianization of Lithuania. The Cathedral received the title of St. Vladislaus, because it was the baptismal name of Jogaila, the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland. The main altar features a painting portraying the death of St. Stanislaus, the patron of Vilnius Cathedral and the Bishop of Krakow. St. Stanislaus chastised the Polish King Boleslaw II the Bold for his cruelty and injustice, and eventually he excommunicated the King. In retaliation the King murdered St. Stanislaus during a Holy Mass. The painting was done by Pranciskus Smuglevicius, a famous Lithuanian artist.
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  • LostInTime
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania11,671 contributions
    Nice church.
    This cathedral is a different style than most you see in Europe. It looks almost like a Roman building. It’s also very large. If in the city this is kinda a must see. It’s really nice and in a great spot.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written June 28, 2023
  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, Ohio3,037 contributions
    One of Many Nice Churches in Vilnius
    It's hard to go to Vilnius and miss seeing this Cathedral. It sits on the appropriately named Cathedral Square, which is a lively place to be at the foot of Vilnius's old town. The Cathedral is very impressive from the outside. As others have noted, for a Catholic cathedral it is not as ornate as you might expect. Having said that, it has some wonderful design elements that include the intricate pipe organ and a large side chapel dedicated to St. Casimir. By the way, count the hands on the image of St. Casimir, the extra presumably intended to suggest movement. There are many churches in Vilnius with more impressive interiors. In particular we would recommend St. Anne's (which is itself an architectural wonder) and the Church of the Holy Spirit, both of which are roughly within 10 minutes' walking distance.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Go Vilnius
    Vilnius, Lithuania85 contributions
    Vilnius Cathedral
    This shrine is a symbol of Lithuanian baptism. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus and St. Ladislaus is built in the very centre of the city on the site of a former pagan temple and next to Vilnius’ defensive castle. The building currently reflects the Classicist style, but its walls have traces of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Also next to it, there is another symbol of Vilnius - a 57-metre tall bell tower whose history takes back to the middle of the 13th century - the city’s oldest clock at the top of the tower chimes its bells to invite people to mass.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written August 1, 2023
  • matthow
    Newport, United Kingdom411 contributions
    Look at the side chapels.
    Worth seeing for the side altars alone. The one to the right of the entrance I believe is St Casimir and that is very impressive. The area behind the altar and the colour of the marble are particularly striking. The chapel on the other side of the church half way up has an interesting reliquary also. Myself I prefer the orthodox churches but this is admittedly very imposing.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 10, 2023
  • Bea
    703 contributions
    Cathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Ladislaus at a cathedral square in Vilnius
    The Cathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Ladislaus of Vilnius is located in the Old Town of Vilnius at the Cathedral Square, in the very center of the city, on the site of a former pagan temple and next to Vilnius defensive castle. This cathedral is the earliest established church in Vilnius, a symbol of Lithuanian baptism and it is the seat of the Archdiocese of Vilnius. The coronations of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania took place here. Many famous people of Lithuanian and Polish history are buried in the crypts and catacombs including Lithuania’s patron saint St. Casimir, Vytautas: a ruler of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and his wife Anna or the heart of the Polish King and Grand Duke of Lithuania Władysław IV Vasa, the rest of his body is buried in the Wawel Cathedral in Kraków. You can witness here various styles, including neoclassicism, and the earlier centuries are clearly visible in side chapels that feature various architectural styles which used to be popular in Lithuania. The lower half of the cathedral’s belfry is in fact a former defensive tower of the lower Vilnius Castle. Tiles of different colors mark the places on the square where the defensive wall used to stand. Next to the Cathedral The National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is situated which is the 2nd most visited museum in Lithuania- 598 192 visitors (2019).
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 13, 2023
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,284 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Popped in for a visit - and managed to gatecrash a wedding! But there were quite a few other tourists present and it’s clearly a common thing here as the priest didn’t bat an eyelid.
The cathedral interior is quite plain but the exterior is spectacular. The area around the altar is quite decorative and there is a chapel full of statues near the front entrance.
Written August 5, 2023
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Bea
703 contributions
May 2023 • Family
The Cathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Ladislaus of Vilnius is located in the Old Town of Vilnius at the Cathedral Square, in the very center of the city, on the site of a former pagan temple and next to Vilnius defensive castle. This cathedral is the earliest established church in Vilnius, a symbol of Lithuanian baptism and it is the seat of the Archdiocese of Vilnius.
The coronations of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania took place here. Many famous people of Lithuanian and Polish history are buried in the crypts and catacombs including Lithuania’s patron saint St. Casimir, Vytautas: a ruler of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and his wife Anna or the heart of the Polish King and Grand Duke of Lithuania Władysław IV Vasa, the rest of his body is buried in the Wawel Cathedral in Kraków.

You can witness here various styles, including neoclassicism, and the earlier centuries are clearly visible in side chapels that feature various architectural styles which used to be popular in Lithuania. The lower half of the cathedral’s belfry is in fact a former defensive tower of the lower Vilnius Castle. Tiles of different colors mark the places on the square where the defensive wall used to stand.

Next to the Cathedral The National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is situated which is the 2nd most visited museum in Lithuania- 598 192 visitors (2019).
Written December 14, 2023
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Go Vilnius
Vilnius, Lithuania85 contributions
Jul 2023 • Business
This shrine is a symbol of Lithuanian baptism. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus and St. Ladislaus is built in the very centre of the city on the site of a former pagan temple and next to Vilnius’ defensive castle. The building currently reflects the Classicist style, but its walls have traces of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Also next to it, there is another symbol of Vilnius - a 57-metre tall bell tower whose history takes back to the middle of the 13th century - the city’s oldest clock at the top of the tower chimes its bells to invite people to mass.
Written August 1, 2023
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matthow
Newport, UK411 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
Worth seeing for the side altars alone. The one to the right of the entrance I believe is St Casimir and that is very impressive. The area behind the altar and the colour of the marble are particularly striking. The chapel on the other side of the church half way up has an interesting reliquary also. Myself I prefer the orthodox churches but this is admittedly very imposing.
Written December 10, 2023
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,671 contributions
Jun 2023 • Business
This cathedral is a different style than most you see in Europe. It looks almost like a Roman building. It’s also very large. If in the city this is kinda a must see. It’s really nice and in a great spot.
Written June 28, 2023
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Julie K
Notteroy Municipality, Norway45 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Not the most spectacular I've seen, but nice enough. Nice that it's free to go in there, if not I would felt cheated. Worth seeing if you are at that end of town anyway, but not so great that you should travel one's errand to see.
Written February 18, 2020
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ9,878 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
The current Vilnius Cathedral dates to 1783, but earlier churches on this site go back to 1400s. Survived Soviet occupation as an art gallery.

The base of the Bell Tower was part of the original city wall. Bricks in the square show an outline of the wall's original location.

The interior of the Cathedral is very beautiful. The ceiling is white but has gorgeous designs. Largest Catholic Church in Lithuania.

St. Casimir Chapel is located under the Cathedral's dome. Constructed started in 1623 and features beautiful dark red marble.
Written February 23, 2018
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Jan-Eric B
Uddevalla, Sweden405 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
This fantastic beautiful Cathedral with its belfry, the big Cathedral Square, the rebuilt lower Castle of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and the Gedimino Tower is really the central point of Vilnius. In the square a lot of national celebrations use to be held. The Cathedral has an imposing architecture with a lot of decorations and statues both outside and inside. For Swedish tourists it’s interesting to see the small chapel on the right hand side next to the altar where you find a statue of Vladislav Vasa who likes his father Sigismund Vasa was a Grand Duke of Lithuania and for a short time Sweden and Lithuania had the same king. If you visit Vilnius between Christmas and New Year’s Eve they use to show a children 3D-fim about Santa Claus on the Cathedral walls against the square. I can strongly recommend a visit to the beautiful Cathedral.
Written January 31, 2015
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Philip
252 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Every time I pass by this impressive building, I am in awe. It's incredible to stand in front of this massive, beautiful structure.

The cathedral is as stunning on the inside as it is on the outside - you can even book a tour to go inside its crypts underground for a fee while the entry to the cathedral is free of any charge.

You can't miss this gem in the northern heart of Vilnius Old Town - make sure to stop by!
Written December 18, 2019
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Usman M
London, UK752 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
It’s amazing; you have to visit as this is a landmark

The outside architecture the grandness of the pillars really does have a presences.

However The interior atmosphere is very somber and peaceful. Compared to other cathedrals the interior seems basic. It is busy being in the center.

While I was there the polish prime minster was visiting and there was service running. Which was good to see.
Written December 2, 2019
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