Church of St. Francis Xavier

Kaunas, Lithuania

Church of St. Francis Xavier (Šv. Pranciškaus Ksavero bažnyčia) is located in the Old Town of Kaunas. The church dedicated to St. Francis Xavier was built at the Town Hall Square in the Old Town of Kaunas by Jesuits. They opened their first residence in Kaunas in 1642 and established a chapel in the House of Perkūnas in 1643. Later they also founded a first four-form school in the city in 1649. The construction of the church started in 1666, and it was consecrated in 1722.

Tsarist Russian government gave the church to the Orthodox church for their use in 1824. The church was against assigned to the Jesuits only in 1924. After Lithuania was occupied by Soviets the St. Francis Xavier church was turned into a technical school, the interior of the church was used as a hall of sports. The church was returned again to the Jesuits in 1989. A renovation of the church took place in 1992.

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Founded: 1759
Category: Religious sites in Lithuania

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Nasir Masud (11 months ago)
Must see, one out of several tourist attractions in Kaunas, traditional architectural design of church, town hall building is also on walking distance from here, well paved streets, carefully preserved and maintained all structures by local authorities to provide good looking environment for coming peoples, Nice views for pictures.
Michał Kołodziej (15 months ago)
The church have quite beautiful facade and on the front it is closed. There is a piece of paper telling to go from the back to enter the church, but actually there is no entrance. I went into the school cantine during looking for it. At the end I found security guard who told me that I can take pictures from the outside.
Shibin Daniel (2 years ago)
Its awesome church
Matas Adomaitis (2 years ago)
Lovely place to walk.
Kristy Anna Saj (2 years ago)
Super and nice prayer and church
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