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Lithuania to Release a Stamp with One of the Oldest Churches

Lithuania to Release a Stamp with One of the Oldest Churches
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On Saturday, June 8, Lithuania Post is going to release a stamp featuring one of the oldest churches in the country, namely Kaunas Cathedral Basilica of Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul. This year the cathedral is celebrating its 600th anniversary.

The new stamp has been created by the painter Vaclovas Butrimas. The stamp will be issued in the edition of 80 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 1.35.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover and sheet will be released.

For the first time, Kaunas Church of Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul was mentioned on the 22nd of April in 1413. Then Mikalojus (Nicolaus), the bishop of Vilnius, granted to the church the privilege of indulgence. It is believed that the construction of the chapel started in 1408 under the initiative of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great.

The church was one of the first masonry buildings in Kaunas. The Gothic and Renaissance styles prevail in the architecture, and the interior is designed mainly in the Baroque style.

The first church did not resemble the building of nowadays, the present appearance of which emerged in 1660. Up to date, the main altar built in 1775 has survived despite a fierce fire of 1860. In 1895, the Pope Leo XIII granted to the Kaunas Church the status of cathedral.

Beside the cathedral and in the crypt, many famous people have been buried: the bishop Motiejus Valančius, the priest and poet Maironis, the cardinal Vincentas Sladkevičius, and etc.

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