Orthodox Holy Spirit Church

Vilnius, Lithuania

The complex of the Holy Spirit church and adjacent monastery was established in 1567. The construction was ordered by the King of Lithuania-Poland Wladyslaw Vasa. By the end of the 16th century, a monastery, a school and a printing shop were situated next to the church. In 1749 the church was badly damaged by fire.

After the reconstruction between 1749-1753 (made by architect January Kristof Glaubic) the church became the only Baroque style Orthodox sanctuary in Lithuania. The interior was crowned by a wooden iconostas resembling the Catholic altar, under which a crypt was built for the relics of Orthodox saints Anthony, John and Eustatius. In 1853 the relics were relocated to a new reliquary. The last reconstruction of the church was accomplished on the initiative of N. Muravyov. The monastery complex comprises two monasteries: the friary of Holy Spirit (built at the intersection in the 15th and 16th centuries) and the convent of Holy Mary Magdalene (built in the late 16th century). Both buildings (reconstructed in the 19th century) have Gothic fragments.

Today Holy Spirit church is the main Orthodox Church in Lithuania. The male and female monasteries next to the church are the only working Orthodox monasteries in Lithuania.



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Founded: 1567
Category: Religious sites in Lithuania

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Cett (2 years ago)
Pretty orthodox Church, Great people
issa malki (2 years ago)
Amazing church
David Stankevich (2 years ago)
The church inside looks rich, majestic and impressive. Worth visiting.
Marek Pospieski (2 years ago)
Przepiękna architektura i duchowość wnętrza. Świątynia nie tylko dla wyznawców Prawosławia (...).
Ramunė Vaičiulytė (2 years ago)
Cerkvės ir vienuolyno kompleksas čia veikia nuo 1567 m. Po 1749-1753 m. rekobstrukcijos, kurios autorius J. Glaubicas, cerkvė tapo vienintele barokine stačiatikių šventove Lietuvoje. Cerkvėje ilsisi stačiatikių šventieji Antanas, Jonas ir Eustatijus. O vienuolynų kompleksą sudaro dvi dalys: vyrų Šv. Dvasios vienuolynas (XV-XVI a.) ir moterų Šv. Marijos Magdalietės (XVI a. pab.) Abu vienuolynai veikė net sovietmečiu, abu jų pastatai, nors rekobstruoti, turi gotikinių fragmentų.
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