Holy Cross Church

Kaunas, Lithuania

The monks of the Order of Carmelites bought several plots of land for the monastery in Kaunas near the Nemunas river in 1706. Some years earlier, the Holy Cross Church (Šv. Kryžiaus bažnyčia) was sanctified nearby in 1685 and consecrated in 1700. The church was built in the late Baroque style. It is a two tower building of Latin cross shape. The painting in the main dome represents the prophet Elijah. It was created in the second half of the 18th century. After the spread of cholera epidemic, Tsarist Russian government established the hospital on the first floor of the monastery in 1831.

The church and the monastery were closed in 1845 and since when were used as a store house for carts and harness. At the same time the interior of the church was vandalized. The St. Cross Church of Kaunas was returned to the believers only in 1881. During the renovation from 1885 till 1898, five new sanctuaries were built, the pulpit, the organ, as well as three new bells were installed. Tyrolean artist John Kerle decorated the vaults of the church with the seventeen compositions in 1898. The church was renovated once more in 1925-1934. The Holy Cross Church of Kaunas was included into the Registry of Immovable Cultural Heritage Sites of the Republic of Lithuania in 1996.

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Founded: 1685-1700
Category: Religious sites in Lithuania

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Dan Gonzales (2 years ago)
Beautiful Church.
Dina buntov (2 years ago)
Nice church.
Augustė M (3 years ago)
Its really cozy and not a lot of people come there so its pretty quiet
Jonas Vaitkevicius (3 years ago)
From outside it looks good, but inside still needs some repairs. For example all frescos are darkend and needs color refreshment.
Dovydas Tertelis (4 years ago)
It has a unique architectural environment, looks old, fascinating, but is modern and renovated. You have to visit and spend a day atleast once in a lifetime.
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