Eastern and Central Europe (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

(Ben Green) #1

ST CASIMIR (1458–84)
Casimir was the second son
of King Casimir IV of
Poland, whose siblings
became kings and
queens of European
states through lineage
and marriage. Pious
Casimir shunned the
luxuries of court life
and would often go to
the cathedral to pray.
When he died of tuber-
culosis at the age of 25, it
was rumoured that his cof-
fin could cure the disease.
A fresco in St Casimir’s
Chapel shows how a sick
orphan, who prayed
beneath the cof fin, was
miraculously cured.

Richly decorated altar of
St Casimir’s Chapel

. Crypt
A sombre mausoleum holds the remains
of two grand dukes and two wives of
Sigismund Augustus (r. 1548–72),
Gediminas’ last descendant (r. 1316–41).

High Altar
The marvellously
intricate tabernacle
door on the High
Altar, which was
created in the
1620s, is fashioned
from gold and silver.
Two biblical scenes,
the Last Supper and
Christ Washing the
Disciples’ Feet, are
beautifully depicted
on the panel.


Katedros aikštė. Map D2.
# 7am–7pm daily. 8 man da-
tory to visit the crypt. Enquire at
the souvenir shop at the north
entrance for timings and fees.
5 8am, 5:30pm, 6:30pm
daily, 9am, 10am, 11:15am,
12:30pm Sun. =

. St Casimir’s Chapel
Italian masters created this
superb chapel, one of the
major Baroque jewels of
Vilnius, from 1623 to
1636. Its main highlights
are the marble columns,
magnificent stucco figures
and colourful frescoes.

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