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Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Phone No.: +370 5 212 3792
Email: augustana@augustana.lt
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The Lutheran Church unites about 70 million worshippers around the world, and about 20 thousand of them in Lithuania. Lutherans first settled in Vilnius in the 16th century, but faced strong resistance of the Catholics.

The early Church was built in the second half of the 16th century, however not much is known about this building. The initiator of the Church was Mikalojus Radvila the Black. It is known that in the beginning of the 17th century organ was already installed there. The Church suffered from fire, and was later rebuilt. Later, around 1655, the fire again devastated the shrine, the same happened again in the 18th century. The Church was renovated numerous times, and the service was being moved to the Evangelical Reformats’ Church during the construction works. Famous architect Jonas Kristupas Glaubica implemented renovation works here in 1739 – 1744. In the second half of the 19th century a church tower was built and a large bell was casted. The Church suffered again during the World War II. During the post-war period the interior of the Church was totally devastated, organ was stolen. The building was used as a gym and a workshop of the restorers during the Soviet times. Soon after the restoration of independence of the Republic of Lithuania the Church was renovated again and passed back to the Lutherans in 1995. The reconstruction works were mostly funded by the North Elbian Church in Germany and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. The bell and materials for the benches were all gifts of the Norwegian worshippers.

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