Church of St. Gertrude

Kaunas, Lithuania

Church of St. Gertrude (Šv. Gertrūdos bažnyčia) is one of the oldest Brick Gothic churches in Lithuania. The exact date when the church was built is unknown, but it must have been in the 15th century. In 1503 Grand Duke of Lithuania Alexander designated the church as a parish church of Kaunas. In the middle of the 16th century a bell tower was attached. The church was damaged in 1655 during the Russo-Polish War (1654–1667). It was rebuilt only around 1680. Around 1750 a wooden hospital was attached to the church. In 1782 it was abandoned for a long time, and at the time there were 5 monks from order of St. Roch residing. In 1796 the church was renovated, organs installed, and living quarters for aparson established. The church was consecrated in 1794.

In 1812 Kaunas suffered from a major fire, which also damaged the church. The hospital was abandoned, and in 1824 transferred to the sister order of Caritas. The monastery was closed in 1864 after the January Uprising. The old hospital was demolished in 1880. In 1921 the church was assigned to the Marianites of Holy Cross and a monastery was built nearby. In 1920 the church was daubed. In 1992 a complex renovation of the church and monastery took place. Since 1991 the Mass is held in the church again, and the Marianites monastery has been returned to the monks.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Lithuania

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Artur Bilak (3 years ago)
My favourite view in Kaunas
Petras Lisauskas (3 years ago)
Nice cozy church in a middle of the old town. If a church is closed at least see a chaple of candles behind the church. Possible entrance for disabled people
Galina (3 years ago)
even in such inclement weather it looks very impressive in
Nostalgic Memories (4 years ago)
500 years old church, can be traced to Great Vytautas times.
Kazimieras Butkus (4 years ago)
Beautiful architecture, clean and pretty old town surroundings#
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