St. Anne's Church

The Roman catholic St. Anne’s Church in Vilnius was built on the left bank of Vilnia river. Various art forms are found here that were delicately brought together by the best craftsmen. Mostly dominanting are the Brick Gothic style, the flamboyant Gothic style and the late Lithuanian Gothic style. Located right in front of the Bernadine Church, St. Anne’s Church is a very beautiful and pristine architectural structure that accurately represents Lithuanian culture and art.

The St. Anne’s Church was erected in 1394. Then it was wood, but later wooden constructions were replaced with bricks made structure by the monks Franciscans in 1500. According to some historical sources,  33 different types of bricks were used to construct the St. Anne’s Church. Later on, an architect Nikolaj Chagin, designed a Neo-Gothic style belfry in the 19th century.  The interior of the church was also spruced up while adding a new choir and reinforcing the façade with organ and metal strings.

The St. Anne’s Church impresses everyone visiting it – the poor and the rich ones, local inhabitants and guests from far away countries for centuries. There is even a real story about the famous general Napoleon Bonaparte and the St. Anne’s Church . It is said  that Napoleon was so hardly enamored by the beauty of St. Anne’s Church that he loudly expressed his strong will to take it  to Paris with him on the palm of his own hand if it was ever possible. However, contradictory to this, Napoleon used St. Anne’s Church for the requirements of French cavalry.

Umpteen phials, metal gates, beautiful spires, innumerable arches and many other decorations adorn the interior and exterior spaces of St. Anne’s Church. It is said that the first wooden version of St. Anne’s Church was actually constructed for Anna who was the wife of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great. Perhaps the lady Ann was the same beautiful as the church was. However, a fire in 1419 destroyed the wooden constructions, but that only lead to reconstruct the beautiful church more durably. In 1970  the towers of St. Anne’s Church were restored and the whole structure retained its red color due to the bricks that were used to build it.