The most important Catholic building in Lithuania is the Cathedral of St. Stainlaus and St. Ladislaus. The church was first built by newly converted Grand Duke of Mindaugas which was originally a pagen site.
The three statues on top of the building are St. Stanislaus, Helena and Casimir. Supposedly representing Poland, Russia and Lithuania.
Among the must see is the Baroque Chapel of Saint Casimir who is Lithuania's Patron Saint and
is considered Lithuania's national treasure.
And saving the best for last...This is the Stebuklas which means "miracle"
in Lithuanian....Rumor has it if you should step on the tile, turn three times and make a
After lunch I thought it would be nice to visit the Russian Orthodox Church in Vilnius. The
church originally dates back from the mid 16th century. The interior of the church is spectacular,
bursting with frescos, icons and a magnificent cupola that is painted in rich blue and greens.
The photo of the cupola does not
capture it's true beauty.
The real quirky/interesting thing to see is the crypt of the bodies of the three saints
Antanas, Ivan and Eustachius who met their destiny on the hill where the church now sits.
The bodies are supposedly fully dresses in white at Christmas, in black during lent and red for the rest of the year with the exception of June 26th when they are put on display entirely naked...YIKES....
Next on the agenda is Ausros Vartai and St Anne's Church.