St. Michael the Archangel Church

Kaunas, Lithuania

St. Michael the Archangel's Church or the Garrison Church is a Roman Catholic church closing the perspective of the Laisvės alėja, the main pedestrian street. It was built between 1891 and 1895 when Kaunas was part of the Russian empire, in Neo-Byzantine style largely for the use of the Russian Orthodox garrison of Kaunas Fortress.

The church was designed as an Orthodox cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in 1890 by K. H. Lymarenko. The cathedral was completed in four years and was inaugurated on 17 September 1895. Most of the construction was carried out by workers from Chernigov Governorate, and its art-work was implemented by craftsmen from St. Petersburg.

As usual for military churches of the period, the construction of Kaunas cathedral was financed equally by the Military Ministry and by donations from army servicemen. Completion of the church finalized the administrative building complex of the Kaunas Fortress; it symbolized less the presence of Orthodox Christians than the imperial authority of the Russian government. It was also believed that the church would reduce interdenominational frictions.

After the fall of the Kaunas Fortress during World War I the Germans cut down the church bells and transported them to Germany. The church stayed closed until 1919. In the interwar period the cathedral became a Roman Catholic church of the Lithuanian garrison of Kaunas. During the Soviet occupation, it was used as an art gallery. Nowadays it serves as a Roman Catholic church.

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Founded: 1891-1895
Category: Religious sites in Lithuania

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Kazimieras (11 months ago)
Nice place
- Majeros (14 months ago)
Interesting architecture. Nice place connected to main shopping street. It was nice walk.
Ned Truniakov (17 months ago)
Its done beeing updated with better paths ect.. but now its an awsome place
Marius Matusevicius (17 months ago)
Interesting architecture, worth visiting even though it is a bit in need of renovation.
Matas Adomaitis (2 years ago)
Love this place from inside and outside. It looks so beautiful. You will find there to sit outside and enjoy beautiful view.
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