Kaunas Cathedral Basilica (Lithuanian: Kauno sv. apastalų Petro ir Povilo arkikatedra bazilika) is a Roman Catholic cathedral basilica in Kaunas, Lithuania.
The exact date when the first Gothic style church dedicated to apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, was built is unknown, but it was first mentioned in writing sources in 1413. The first parochial school in Kaunas at the St. Peter and St. Paul church was mentioned in 1473. The construction works were concluded only in 1624. The church greatly suffered from wars in 1655 and was rebuilt in 1671 and gained some Renaissance features. Only one of the towers was rebuilt after the fire of the roof in 1732. The internal decorations were funded by the King Stanis³aw August Poniatowski in 1771. The present day shape of the building is from 1800 renovation. The church was promoted to cathedral status by Pope Leo XIII in 1895. It received the Basilica title in 1926, when the Diocese of Samogitia was reorganized into the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kaunas by Pope Pius XI. The cathedral, being 84 m long, 28 m height and 34 m wide is the largest Gothic church in Lithuania. The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, built in 1895, is an independent extension of the southern nave with carved wood furnishings in the neo-gothic style.
Kaunas Cathedral Basilica
The Tower of the Kaunas Cathedral Basilica
Kaunas Cathedral Basilica
The main altar was made by Tomasz Podhajski in 1775. Samogitian bishop Motiejus Valanèius is buried in the underground vault of the cathedral. There is also a Neogothic mausoleum of Maironis near the wall of the chapel. Kaunas Cathedral Basilica was included into the Registry of Immovable Cultural Heritage Sites of the Republic of Lithuania in 1996.
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papagolf21 (101892) 2011-03-29 0:58
Félicitations pour cette superbe prise de vue. Connaissant les difficultés pour saisir ce lieu, j'apprécie comme il se doit cette composition. De plus, ma passion pour l'architecture religieuse est comblée.
Encore un grand bravo pour tout.
siudzi (34141) 2011-03-29 1:00
Prezentujesz dzisiaj przepiekne wnetrze. Jestem pod wrazeniem jego bogactwa zdobien i dekoracji.
Fajnie pokazana perspektywa i wykorzystana symetria.
jhm (152874) 2011-03-29 3:23
I know this is very difficult for take, with the strong light above the altar.
You did very well, I like interior pictures certainly of churches.
Depth and perspective are wonderful for look at.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Very well composition, nice presentation.
Have a nice day,
snunney (99000) 2011-03-29 3:53
Unusually, we are neighbours on TE today. A great capture on this magnificent cathedral interior. Good control over the difficult lighting with only the merest hint of overexposure around the area of the altar. The detail is very well rendered with excellent sharpness. I like the way the chequerboard pattern of the floor tiles with the reflections of light draw the eyes into the image.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-29 10:09
Lovely shot of the interior of thie cathedral. I can even see the reflection of the light on the floor. Good light management.Nice note too.
Sonata11 (33811) 2011-03-29 17:19
przypiekne wnetrze tej katedry. Pieknie to prezentujesz. Sliczne kolory, piekne dokoracje, zlocenia, ozdoby, rzezby. Swietny punkt widzenia, dobrze zachowana perspektywa. Jednym slowem, pieknie wykonane zdjecie. Bardzo mi sie podoba. Moje gratulacje !!!
Graal (102858) 2011-03-29 23:52
fajne klasyczne ujecie wnetrza katedry. Piekne detale. Bdb nota i jakosc zdjecia. Super perspektywa i symetria.
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-03-30 5:58
Deslumbrate o interior desta catedral , tem uns lindos detalhes de arte sacra , bom uso da foto na vertical deu uma boa sensação de altura, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
mesutilgim (95248) 2011-03-30 13:44
Perfect internal capture of this great cathedral in Kaunas.
Very good central pov and perfect light.
Good and useull notes.
TFS and best regards
andywo (4725) 2011-04-02 12:15
Swietne zdjecie pod wzgledem technicznym, ale nie tylko!
Pokazujesz bardzo ciekawe i pieknie zdobione wnetrze katedry.
Dobra notka o historii tej budowli.
- Copyright: Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) (97571)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-06-05
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya HMC SUPER UV M77
- Exposure: f/8
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-29 0:27