Photographer's Note

The Bernardines' (St Francis') Church is one ofthe largest Gothic churches in Lithuania. Some of its Renaissance and Barogue features (especially in the interior of the church) come from the 17th and 18th centuries. In thepast, there were original Gothic polychrome paintings on the walls ofthe side naves. There are numerousartworksin the church interior including gravestones, Baroque altars, and the pulpit. By the southern wali thereare Renaissance and Baroque chapels of different sizes, and by the northern wali there is a monastery gallery. Many profile brickswere used to decorate the church. The facades are dominated by long arched windows and elegant counterforces.The painting, "The Crucifixion", in the main facade pediment and in the semicircled arched bay is afresco-style work. The flat painting fits nicely with the architecture of the building and is the most distinct feature of the exterior decoration. It isbelieved that the fresco dates back to 1846 and was created by artist Kanutas Ruseckas.

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Additional Photos by Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12297 W: 164 N: 20942] (149822)
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