St. Anne’s Church
A great Gothic masterpiece – St. Anne’s Church – was designed by the architect Benedikt Rejt. The Gothic Church of Santa Ana in the Bernardino Monastery was built at the end of the 15th century. It is one of the finest examples of late Gothic architecture in Vilnius.
Sainte-Anne has gone through minimal damage or reconstructions over the years and is very true to the architect’s original vision. Those who love it can attend a daily mass at 6 p.m.
This legendary church fascinates visitors with its talent. Up to 33 different types of bricks were used for the original ornamentation of the facade. There are even two bricks with master marks embedded in one wall that have yet to be deciphered.
In the 19th century, the architect Nikolajus Čiaginas designed the neo-Gothic bell tower near the Church of Santa Ana. It is now possible to visit the Gothic bell tower.
You can climb the round staircase up to a height of 17m. There you can explore the wooden roof structure, see the church arches and the panoramic view of Vilnius.
In 1970, the towers of St. Anne’s Church were restored and the entire structure remained red because of the bricks that were used to build it.
There is even a real story about the famous General Napoleon Bonaparte and this magnificent St Anne’s church. It is said that Napoleon was hardly fascinated by beauty of St Anne’s church of which he expressed aloud his strong desire to take her to Paris with him in the palm of his own hand, if possible.
Unfortunately, the reality is not so romantic. During the march of the Napoleonic army through Lithuania, the church was handed over to the French cavalry forces. However, Napoleon mentioned in a letter to his wife that “Vilnius is a very beautiful city”!
ARCHITECTURE of St.Anne’s Church
The architecture of the church impresses all who visit it! The church and the entire historic center of Vilnius have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1994.
The St Anne’s church has survived until today without changing for over 500 years and has become a symbol of the capital!