Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Kaunas

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St. Michael the Archangel's Church or the Garrison Church (Церковь Святого Михаила Архангела (Įgulos bažnyčia) is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania, closing the perspective of the Laisvės alėja, the main pedestrian street. It was built between 1891 and 1895 when Kaunas was part of the Russian empire, in Neo-Byzantine style largely for the use of the Russian Orthodox garrison of Kaunas Fortress.HistoryThe construction of "military" or "garrison" Orthodox churches by the Russian government in former Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth lands had started after the suppression of the January Uprising of 1831, and peaked during the reign of emperor Alexander III of Russia. Initially the site of this church had been intended to be used for a Catholic church, but these plans had been abandoned after the Uprising.The church was designed as an Orthodox cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in 1890 by K. H. Lymarenko; it was authorized for construction on November 10 that year. Official groundbreaking was celebrated on 29 June 1891. The cathedral was completed in four years (unusually quickly for its size), and was inaugurated on 17 September 1895. Later Lymarenko's plan was modified by Corinthian columns in an otherwise typical "neo-Byzantine" (Romanesque) five-dome design. In total the exterior has 266 large and small columns and pilasters. This eclectic spin-off of mainstream "Byzantine" architecture (the so-called Roman Byzantine style
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  • Was in the middle of renovation on the outside during our visit, but did not stop us being able to go inside. Such a stunning church, really beautiful.  more »
  • imposing church propio at the beginning of the main street of kaunas,blue color,visible from afar. you can access it from a staircase,beautiful interiors. it's interesting to go around to admire its greatness
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  • Here for a cousin's wedding. Absolutely stunning church! Must see if you're in the area.
  • Interesting architecture and design from soviet era. At the beginning of the Freedom avenue, longest and nice pedestrian road through the center of Kaunas.
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