Top 3 Churches in Vilnius

Top 3 Churches in Vilnius
20 June 2024

Only a short trip away from Riga, Vilnius is often overlooked by tourists. As the largest city in Lithuania, it amazes visitors with its unique attractions. From walking around the astonishing Old Town to trying out the renowned pink soup, you will be certainly impressed! What most people easily miss out on are the remarkable churches all around the city. So, to make sure that you make the most out of your trip, here are our top 3 churches in Vilnius.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

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The inside of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

From my recent trip to Lithuania, I was instantly surprised by various historical places. One such location would be the Orthodox Church named after Saint Nicholas the Miracle Worker in Vilnius. Although to some of you it might solely be a place of worship, this church is unique in itself. Located in Lukiškių kalėjimas 2.0, the church was built in 1899 for the prisoners sentenced at the time. Back then, it was intended for it to serve as a place of prayer and redemption. Nevertheless, some find it strange since the prison was famous for severe forms of punishment. 

 

Church of St. Theresa

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The altar of St. Theresa Church

Located in Vilnius’s Old Town, the Church of St. Theresa should be at the top of your list! This great architectural piece close to the Gate of Dawn, dates back to 1654. It was the Discalced Carmelites that decided to build this breathtaking Roman Catholic church. Once you find yourself near the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, you will most definitely be taken aback by its serenity. Whether you are religious or not, its Baroque style is not to be missed! 

 

Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit

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The entrance gate of the Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit

Another great spot in Vilnius is the Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, rebuilt in the 18th century. During my visit, I found it pleasantly surprising to learn more about the initial wooden church. As a result of several fires, the it suffered many restorations. This severely affected its original structure. At first glance, you will be captivated by the altar decor. Overcome by the strong smell of incense, anyone would find it difficult not to admire the church for hours!

So, if you find yourself in search of weekend plans, consider hopping on the first bus to Vilnius. While certainly famous for its good food and kind people, the churches do not disappoint either!

Elena is currently a student at Liden & Denz, Riga

These images were taken by the author

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