Church of St Ann, Vilnius

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    The Gothic Ensemble

    by King_Golo Updated Jun 13, 2014

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    The Gothic Ensemble

    When I heard this name first, I was immediately fascinated... A Gothic Ensemble of churches and a monastery - where else can you see something like that? So when in Vilnius for the first time, one of the first places I went to was this ensemble consisting of St. Anne's church, St. Francis' church and the Bernardine monastery. The view is indeed magnificent: The three buildings seem to lean against each other as they are so close. On the very left side of the ensemble is St. Anne's church, the others huddle against it further right.
    Construction of the ensemble started as early as 1462. Later, Baroque and Renaissance parts were added.
    As this place is a must-visit for every tourist, you do well in coming early in the morning - otherwise your photos are likely to be full of tourist crowds!

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    St. Anne's Church

    by antistar Updated Dec 3, 2013

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    One of Vilnius's most outstanding pieces of architecture, and one of the main reasons that the old town has protected UNESCO status, the Church of St. Anne cannot be missed. The front facade, made of brick in a flamboyant Gothic style, is breathtaking. The bricks rise and merge creating twisting arches that snake across the church's facade. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it.

    The building has been reconstructed, but it's pretty much exactly the same as it was when it was first built in the 15th century, hence its protected status in the World Heritage scheme.

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    St Anne's Church.

    by Askla Updated Dec 20, 2012
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    St Anne's Church is the most beautiful example of Late Gothic in Lithuania. The construc-
    tion works lasted almost a century, completed only in 1581. Since then the exterior has almost not changed.
    The facade was created using no less than 33 different kinds of brick - different colours, different shapes - giving it an extraordinary look.
    The bell tower, in Neogothic style, was added in 1874.

    Opening hours 08.30 to 18.00, daily.

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    Impressive facade

    by fachd Written Oct 7, 2012

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    At first glance the front of the gothic design church (St Anne) was quite impressive with three spirals pointing to the sky and the intricate pattern of the red brick work.

    I couldn’t believe at the beginning the St Anne was made of wood. It would be interesting if the wooden church dedicated to Grand Duchess of Lithuania had survived. Unfortunately in 1419 it burned down. Under initiative of Alexander the Grand Duke of Lithuania the church was rebuilt in 1495 and completed in 1500.

    I can understand why Emperor Napoleon during his empire building that he wanted to take St Anne home to Paris, he saw but he didn't take it home. Yes after all it’s a good looking piece of work.

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    St. Anne's Church and Bernadine Monastery

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 11, 2011

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    The St. Anne's Church (Sv Onos Baznycia) and Bernadine Monastery (Bernadinu Baznycia) are a fine Lithuanian Gothic ensemble located just next to each other

    The red brick St. Anne's Church dates back to the late 15th century and is still almost unchanged.

    The 15th century Bernadine monastery experienced various devastations through the years. Under Soviet rule it was even used as an Art Academy. The interior is still in a state of massive restoration.

    Directions:
    St. Anne's Church and Bernadine Monastery are situated at the street Mairionio gatve, near the eastern end of the old town.

    Address:
    St Anne's Church, Mairinio gatve 8, Vilnius

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    Unmissable, imo.

    by leics Written Oct 17, 2010

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    St Anne's exterior: wonderfully twiddly
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    Napoleon liked this Roman Catholic church so much he said he wanted to take it back to Paris with him.

    I liked it very much as well....the twirling intricacy of its brick frontage is really something rather special. 33 different kinds of bricks were used in its construction (I didn't realise there were so many types!).

    The existing frontage was probably not completed until 1582, which makes it very late Gothic. The church itself dates from 1500, but a later fire meant that substantial reconstruction was required later that century.

    There's also a brick bell-tower entirely separate to the church structure.

    Unfortunately, I only got a quick glance inside because one of Vilnius' numerous weddings that day was about to take place.

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    Church of St. Anne

    by pure1942 Updated Feb 27, 2009

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    The towering Gothic facade of St. Anne's Church in the Old Town is one of Vilnius' most precious gems. There is uncertainty around the exact date of construction of this beautiful church but has changed very little in 500 years and is exquisitly preserved.
    When Napoleon's armies came through Vilnius, the church was given over to the French Cavalry forces and it is claimed that on seeing St. Anne's church, Napolean wanted to take it back to Paris!
    The church is accompanied by a belltower built in a similar style.

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    Church of St Ann

    by Raimix Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    Wah..it's the most impressive red-bricks Gothic church in Lithuania. It was built in 1500 and Napoleon admired it most and wanted to move St Ann church near the Notre Dame.

    Architect not known, by the history, he wanted to apply all possibilities of brick construction to build this church, and he managed it! Real, archaic interior of church burned, but present interior alike medieval by form and architecture, despite of baroque style of altars.

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    A pearl of Gothic architecture

    by evaanna Updated Oct 2, 2008

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    This rather small church is considered to be a real masterpiece of French-Flemish Gothic. Founded by King Aleksander Jagiellonczyk and designed by Michal Carpentavius of Gdansk, it was built in 1501-1502. Its beautiful lace-like facade delights the eye so much that Napoleon, who stayed in Vilnius before his invasion on Russia, is known to have said that he would like to carry this treasure to France on the palm of his hand. The construction required the use of bricks of 33 different shapes to produce the fantastic visual effects of interlacing arches.
    The belfry, inferior in design, comes from a later period, and the interior is a little disappointing, except for the 18th century paintings of St Ann, Our Lady and St John of Nepomuk.

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    St. Anne Church

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 7, 2008

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    St. Anne's Church or Šv. Onos bažnyèia is a Roman Catholic church in Vilnius' Old Town, on the right bank of the Vilnia River. It is a prominent example of both Flamboyant Gothic and Brick Gothic styles. St. Anne's is among the features of Vilnius Old Town that enabled the district to be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sitesThe first church at this site, thought to be wooden, was built for Anna, the second wife of Vytautas the Great. Originally initially intended for the use of Catholic Germans and other visiting Catholics, it was destoyed by a fire in 1419. The present brick church was constructed on the initiative of Grand Duke of Lithuania Alexander in 1495 - 1500.

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    Church of St Anne

    by dek516 Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    St. Anne's w/Bernardine in the background

    This picturesque church is worth a quick visit. Its Gothic look helps it stand out from other churches in the city-- a major feat given the number of churches in Vilnius! St. Anne's was built around the year 1500, so it's also certainly one of the older churches in town as well. After reading about it, I was surprised to find how small it seemed, especially with the much larger Bernardine church behind it.

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    CHURCHES IN VILNIUS: Church of St. Anne

    by Sininen Written Feb 25, 2006

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    St. Anne's was just round the corner from my hotel so I walked by it on several occasions. This masterpiece was designed by Benedikt Rejt and has survived almost unchanged. It is in late Gothic style (so-called flamboyant). The interior of the church is not equal to the exterior. Altars are Baroque and vaults from the early 20th century. It is said that St. Anne's is the most famous structure in Vilnius I was not too impressed by it. Just my humble opinion...

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    St. ANNE church will take your breath away!

    by Sexy_European Written Sep 20, 2005

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    St. Anne church.

    St. Anne's Church is one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in Vilnius. It is presumed that the original (wooden) St. Anne's Church was built in the 14th century by Ona, the wife of Vytautas the Great. The first historical reference to St. Anne's Church dates back to 1394.

    It is thought that the brick church was built during 1495 - 1500 through the efforts of the Franciscans. This is a real late gothic masterpiece; of which there are few comparable buildings in the entire world. The church has reached our time almost unchanged and has become one of the symbols of Vilnius.

    The church is surrounded by many legends. The most popular story is that Napoleon upon seeing St. Anne's Church, said that he would like to place it in the palm of his hand and move it to Paris. The church, built using thirty-three kinds of bricks, has already stood for five centuries in the lee of the severe Bernardine gothic style, amazing everyone with the courage and ingenuity of the masters who erected it. This amazingly light, harmonious, and playful building is distinguished by the rhythmic composition of its vertical and curved lines: above the portal there are no flat wall surfaces, only pilasters, slim rod squares, three kinds of arches, and elegant spires crowned with metal crosses. According to the art critic, Vladas Drëma, the ancient Lithuanian arms, i.e. the Pillars of Gediminas (Gedimino stulpai) are highlighted in the composition of the fasade. The side fasades and presbytery, with their high windows and openwork towers are also very complex.

    A neo-gothic bell tower (1873) designed by the architect, N. Tchiagin, and built to replace the previous classical one, stands next to the church.

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    St. Anne's Church

    by Gosia78 Written Aug 20, 2005

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    St. Anne's Church

    St. Anne's Church is one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in Vilnius. It is presumed that the original (wooden) St. Anne's Church was built in the 14th. The first historical reference to St. Anne's Church dates back to 1394.

    It is thought that the brick church was built during 1495 - 1500 through the efforts of the Franciscans. This is a real late gothic masterpiece; of which there are few comparable buildings in the entire world. The church has reached our time almost unchanged and has become one of the symbols of Vilnius.

    The church is surrounded by many legends. The most popular story is that Napoleon upon seeing St. Anne's Church, said that he would like to place it in the palm of his hand and move it to Paris. The church, built using thirty-three kinds of bricks, has already stood for five centuries in the lee of the severe Bernardine gothic style, amazing everyone with the courage and ingenuity of the masters who erected it. This amazingly light, harmonious, and playful building is distinguished by the rhythmic composition of its vertical and curved lines: above the portal there are no flat wall surfaces, only pilasters, slim rod squares, three kinds of arches, and elegant spires crowned with metal crosses.

    A neo-gothic bell tower (1873) designed by the architect, N. Tchiagin, and built to replace the previous classical one, stands next to the church.

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    Church of St. Ann

    by magor65 Written Dec 7, 2004

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    Church of St. Ann

    It is the most beautiful example of Gothic architecture in Vilnius. The whole structure looks light and graceful and the stonework seems to be made of lace. More than 30 kinds of bricks were used to build this masterpiece of architecture. Unfortunately, the interior disappoints.

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