St. Nicholas Church (Šv. Mikalojaus bažnyčia) is the oldest surviving church in Lithuania, built in the Old Town of the capital city Vilnius.Plan to see Vilniaus Sv. Mikalojaus parapija and other attractions that appeal to you using our Vilnius trip maker site.
Originally built in the 14th century, the church is mentioned in writing for the first time in 1387. In 1901-39 the Church of St. Nicholas was the only church in Vilnius where the mass was held in Lithuanian. By the same token it was a centre of Lithuanian culture (its famous dean Kristupas Čibiras was killed in 1942 during a bombing raid). During the Soviet occupation a statue of the patron of Vilnius, St. Christopher, was erected in the church orchard (sculptor Antanas Kmieliauskas, 1959); it was an obvious act of resistance, as the city's coat-of-arms with St. Christopher's figure was banned at that time.
Archaeologists believe that the same Roman Catholic church survived till the present day. Externally, the church represents the Brick Gothic style, while its interior has been renovated several times. The church belfry was built in the 17th century in the Baroque style. Its façade is flanked by two stocky buttresses with cut-off tops. The triangular pediment with niches has been recently renovated accentuating its original Gothic character. In the interior, four elegant octahedral pillars support web and star vaults. The high altar holds a painting of St. Nicholas with a silver setting from the 16th century. The church is adorned with two sculptures: a polychrome statue of St. Louis from the Gothic period, and Vytautas' bronze bust erected in 1930 (sculptor Rapolas Jakimavičius).
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Dating from the 14th century and first mentioned in 1387, we happened upon this little church on our Old Town wanderings and it has stuck with me. Maybe it is that it is the oldest Catholic Church... more »
We saw a service and had a quick look. Not huge inside but gives off a nice feel to it. We liked it. more »
Nice brick building church. It’s active so tourists can bother locals. Not much to see but quaint local church. There’s better cathedral not far from there.
A great old brick gothic church. The reason that I came to the Baltics.....well one of them.
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