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The Church of St. Anne

Standing tall above the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, St. Anne’s Church has watched history unfold around it. The 500-year-old church remains a prime example of Gothic architecture so beautiful, it’s said Napoleon Bonaparte fell in love with the cathedral. 

The Church of St. Anne was built for Anna, Grand Duchess of Lithuania, and wife to Vytautas the Great. The church was burned down in 1419 and then rebuilt in brick on the orders of the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Alexander I Jagiellon. Consecrated back in 1500, the facade seen today is largely unchanged since its reconstruction in the 1400s. 


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