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Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul – baroque masterpiece of the 17th century. The Church is located in Antakalnis district and is famous for its unique interior where you can see compositions of 2 000 stucco figures by Giovanni Pietro Perti and Giovanno Maria Galli.

The square in front of the Church was named the Square of John Paul II in the memory of his visit to Lithuania.

The baroque Church is built on a Latin cross plan, and has two towers, a dome, and a semicircular apsis. The Church is triple-naved; the façade is two-storey with columns and a balcony. Michal Kazimierz Pac ordered his body to be buried under the doorstep of the Church and make an inscription on his tomb: Hic iacet Peccator (Here Lies a Sinner). The tombstone was parted by the lightning and was then set in the wall next to the entrance. One more Latin inscription in the Church reminds of M.K. Pac – Regina Pacis Funda Nos in Pace (Queen of Peace, Protect us in Peace).

The interior of the Church is much more embellished. It is decorated with biblical, historical, mythical, and allegorical figures, people of various nationalities, classes and occupations, fabulous and at the same time demonic creatures, heavenly bodies, animals, plants, war signs, liturgical and everyday items.

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