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St. Casimirs Church

St. Casimir's Church

The Church of St. Casimir was built by the Jesuits in 1604-1635 but was destroyed by fire three times, which was cause for major reconstruction in 1750. Much of it was destroyed in 1812, when Napoleon's army used it as a granary. It became a Russian Orthodox church in the 19th century, when onion domes were added. It was used by the German army as a Lutheran church during World War I and then returned to the Jesuits. The Soviets used the church as a museum of atheism starting in 1963. It was reconsecrated in 1991.

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Stephanie14-Aug-2012 14:40
Beautiful! BV
godro12-Aug-2012 00:23
Nice work!!