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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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Tom LeRoy16-Aug-2012 06:36
Excellent light on the dome. Sumptuous colors and perfect frame. V
Vickie BROWN15-Aug-2012 18:33
This is an exceptional composition, elegantly work. BV
John Reynolds15-Aug-2012 18:29
An impressive dome - and what a history!
Peter Sussex15-Aug-2012 18:29
Richly ornamented dome (in positive meaning) and very well seen. V
Colin Storey15-Aug-2012 18:11
Perfectly composed image of this doe with wonderful light. v
Jim Coffman15-Aug-2012 18:08
An amazing view,Helen!
Stephanie15-Aug-2012 18:02
Incredible domed ceiling! Beautiful photography work Helen! V
William Barletta15-Aug-2012 18:00
Lovely framing and subtle colors in this image.