The Church of St. Theresa was built between 1633 and 1650, making it one of the earliest Baroque churches in Vilnius. The idea was to create the most beautiful church in the city, and it is also quite a sight although the Church of St. Theresa is without tower or spire. But the interior is more impressive than the exterior IMO... The altarpiece is huge and very beautiful, and lots of wall paintings, decorations, and chapels...
It was Easter, and outside the church was a long line of people, but I didn't manage to find out what was going on... Blessing of Easter eggs?
This was the church of the former Carmelite convent. It is a real Baroque gem.
The Saint Theresa’s Church in Vilnius is an example of early Baroque and very close to the Gate of Dawn. It is the best surviving early baroque religious architecture in Vilnius. The church was built in 1633 and completed in 1650.
When it was built in the 17th century, the aim of its benefactor, Steponas Pacas, was to build the most beautiful church in Vilnius. A tough task given the number of wonderful churches in the capital, but this church does succeed in standing out on a busy street lined with some outstanding buildings, like it's neighbour the Gates of Dawn. When I passed by there was yet another wedding at this church.
It was build in 1650 by example of Italian early baroque style. Interior was decorated in rococo style, a lot of pictures and frescos inside. Nine altars are very different and look luxurious.
From doors of this church you can walk up to chapel of Gate of Dawn.
This church dates back to the 17th century and is one of the purest examples of early baroque. It is said to be very ornate inside with many columns, plaster decorations and statues of the saints adorning the altars. I spent quite a long time in front of it as I was waiting for my husband to bring the car but didn't go in as there was another wedding ceremony taking place inside and the married couple were about to leave the church. As you see, Saturday is not the best time for visiting the churches. Also, for some reason, my mobile wasn't working so I didn't want Chris to have to look for me.
As the church stands close to and indeed is connected by a passage with the Gates of Dawn it was here that the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary was kept in times of trouble. The church belonged to the Discalced Carmelites, who were famous for brewing excellent beer and making candles. They also supported lay medical students and took care of the elderly and orphans.
It's very difficult to take a picture of the whole church as there is a house just opposite.
Just attached to the gates there is the first of the many churches we'll see in Vilnius. It's the church of St. Theresa built by the fathers Carmelites. It is now connected with the chapel of the Holy Virgin Mary by a staircase built in the 18th century.
I found interior of this church one of the most impressive among numerous churches of Vilnius. In this church the heart of Polish hero Marshal Pilsudski was stored during a year after his death in 1933. Later it was cut and half is on Rossa cemetery in Vilnius, half in Wawel Castle cathedral in Krakow, Poland.
I enjoyed my eyes a lot looking at highly decorated, made of sandstone, main altar. There were numerous sculptures and frescos (from 18th century) inside the three - nave church. I liked frescos depicting life of St. Theresa put on vaults of the main nave. Pay attention to the ambona, confessionals and benches which were rococco in style.
There were very modest buildings of the Discalced Carmelite Cloister put just by St. Theresa's church. I was told that famous beer was brewed and candles were made there.
I found the schedule of services (holy masses) written, a surprice, exlusively in Polish language as the masses were in Polish language:
Sun: 7.30 am, 5.30 pm,
Mon - Sat: 9.00 am, 1.00 pm, 5.00 pm,
on 16th day of each month (why?): 10.00 am.
This front, early baroque facade of St. Theresa's Church closed the perpective of Ausros Vartu street and looked... similar to many churches around my place in Poland and in... Rome, Italy. So, it was not that interesting to me. The church was made of expensive materials: Swedish sandstone, granite and marble in 1633 - 1650.
Rome in Vilnius?
Yes, Vilnius reminded me Rome at some places. Well, the front facade on my picture was designed by Italian architecturer Tencalla Constantino. He designed the column of Sigismundus III Vasa - king of Poland and... Sweden - which is one of landmarks of Warsaw, Poland.
st teresa's chapel built above the gate to house a holy image of virgen mary,"the white madonna",said to have miraculous powers.....???