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photoblog image Church of St Bartholomew, Vilnius

Church of St Bartholomew, Vilnius

 

This is now the church of the Belarussian community in Vilnius.  Vilnius is fairly close to the borders of both Belarus and Poland and has strong communities from both nations - some stretching back generations to when Vilnius was Polish. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania stretched from the Baltic to the Black Sea:

 

"The Grand Duchy of Lithuania was a European state from the 13th century until 1795. The state was founded by the Lithuanians, one of the polytheistic Baltic tribes from Aukštaitija. The Grand Duchy later expanded to include large portions of the former Kievan Rus' and other Slavic lands, including territory of present-day Belarus, parts of Ukraine, Poland and Russia. At its greatest extent in the 15th century, it was the largest state in Europe. It was a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional state with great diversity in languages, religion, and cultural heritage." (Wikipedia).

Church of St Bartholomew, Vilnius

 

This is now the church of the Belarussian community in Vilnius.  Vilnius is fairly close to the borders of both Belarus and Poland and has strong communities from both nations - some stretching back generations to when Vilnius was Polish. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania stretched from the Baltic to the Black Sea:

 

"The Grand Duchy of Lithuania was a European state from the 13th century until 1795. The state was founded by the Lithuanians, one of the polytheistic Baltic tribes from Aukštaitija. The Grand Duchy later expanded to include large portions of the former Kievan Rus' and other Slavic lands, including territory of present-day Belarus, parts of Ukraine, Poland and Russia. At its greatest extent in the 15th century, it was the largest state in Europe. It was a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional state with great diversity in languages, religion, and cultural heritage." (Wikipedia).

comments (8)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 18 Apr 2017, 04:35
It is a fine-looking building, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Rather nice, I thought.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Apr 2017, 06:20
I didn't know that Tom, I just thought of it as a little place on the edge of Russia
Tom Wilson: For what is now a little state of 2.9 million people, it has an amazing history - but, of course, we never learn about Eastern Europe in what passes for European History in this country smile
Laurence Harvey was born in Lithuania.

Nice Church Tom
Tom Wilson: I guess there's a downside to everything, Bill smile
For so,e reason that crazy design has a real sense of joy about it Tom.
Tom Wilson: I has, hasn't it - I think it's that oddity at the top that does it smile
superbe eglise!! amitiés
Tom Wilson: Merci, Jean Pierre.
A very fine building, although its front colour is not quite my favourite choice.
I like gold churches very much.
beautiful light here, Tom. i did not know all that you mention here. interesting read!

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