Vilnius is a tourist destination in the Baltic area, especially thanks to its beautiful baroque old town that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Vilnius is a city that has suffered and is not afraid to prove it but, at the same time, has been able to recover and enhance its rich heritage.
The Cathedral of Saints Stanislaus and Ladislaus is the main place of worship in Vilnius located in the heart of the “old town”, right in the center of the square of the same name.
The church stands on a site on which originally stood a pagan temple dedicated to the god of thunder Perkunas. Over the centuries there were several buildings, renovations and modernizations that led to the current structure: a splendid neoclassical architecture that stands out for its whiteness.
The peculiarity of the basilica is the bell tower, 57 meters high, detached from the body of the church. The design of the Cathedral of Saints Stanislaus and Ladislaus was entrusted to the architect Laurynas Gucevicius and the works were begun in 1779, after the total demolition of the previous cathedral and the construction work lasted only 4 years.
During the Soviet occupation the building was transformed into a warehouse for wagons and then into an art gallery.