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 Stanisław 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 Valančius 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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zi_giedre (71) 2011-03-30 2:45
very good angle and DOF: amazingly sharp details in all plans create an interesting perspective, while moving and still people in the background add a time perspective as well. The photo is composed of so many layers that capture the attention for more than just a glimpse and tell so much about the church,
all the best,
Sonata11 (33209) 2011-03-30 4:41
dobry kat, podoba mi sie bardzo takze z drugiej strony, swietny punkt widzenia. Wspaniale zdjecie na ktorym sa umieszczeniu modlacy sie ludzie. Super atmosfera. Piekne kolory, arnamenty, zlocenia. Swietne zdjecie. Piekne wnetrze. Bardzo mi sie podoba. Moje gratulacje. :):):).
snunney (80897) 2011-03-30 6:40
A beautiful well lit composition of this wonderful interior. The detail in the architecture is very well rendered with excellent sharpness. The people contribute to the mood of the shot.
sacimar (25975) 2011-03-30 12:29
interesting church, I like the details of this interior, good light management and colors, well done,
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-03-30 12:35
Good interior shot with good management of light . Nice capture of the people siting. Good sharp image with detailed architecture.
Graal (96066) 2011-03-30 23:16
z tej strony tez ladnie. Organy niczym gotycka budowla. ladna kolorystyka katedry. Ciekawy serial dobrze zrobiony.
- Copyright: Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) (83360)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-06-05
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D
- Exposure: f/8, 1 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-30 0:25