Evolution of Science and Technology / Mokslo ir technikos raida, Vol 1, No 1 (2009)

Development and Restoration of Sacral Objects in Vilnius at the End of the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Century

Henryka Ilgiewicz


At the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, due to the initiative of Russian government and Orthodox Church, several grand churches were built in Vilnius. The development and restoration of Catholic sacral objects were practically restricted until the end of Russian rule in 1915, but at the beginning of the 20th century, this restriction was slightly defused. The Catholic community of Vilnius seized this opportunity and began an action of sav-ing sacral objects. The churches of St. Ann and St. Michel and the interior of St. Peter and Paul’s church were restored. The development of new churches in Vilnius was enabled after revolution-ary events in 1905–1907 when tsarist authorities were forced to make some abatements for the people of the enslaved country. A small Catholic church in the actual Gerosios Vilties street and the church of St. Kasimir in Naujoji Vilnia were built, the construction of Blessed Virgin Mary church was started in Žvėrynas and a modern church of Holy Heart of Jesus was not completed.


Article in Lithuanian

Article in: Lithuanian

Article published: 2011-04-02

Keyword(s): Sacral buildings; Catholic churches of Vilnius; Orthodox churches of Vilnius; St. Anne’s Church; the Church of St. Michael; Orthodox Church of St. Constantine and St. Michael

DOI: 10.3846/est.2009.08

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