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Vilnius - Lithuania heart

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. This town is known as the largest and the finest town in the country. MORE

Place of interest

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Coat of arms

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Coat of arms of Vilnius
Saint Christopher is represented in the coat of arms of Vilnius. He is located in red field and wading in water. Saint Christopher also holds stave with double cross on its top and baby Jesus sits on his left shoulder. Baby Jesus is blessing with one hand, in the other he holds apple of dominion. This coat of arms was showing St Christopher like a carrier and spreader of Christianity. Double cross was showing presenter of city rights.

Coat of arms for Vilnius was granted in the XIV century. Previously an old fairy-tale mighty man Alkis who was carrying his wife Janteryte on his shoulders was represented in Vilnius’ coat of arms till XVI century.

St Christopher was represented in the coat of arms of Vilnius till the beginning of XIX century. Later (in 1845) emperor Nicholas I ordered to recall this coat of arms and replace it with a new one where galloping silver horseman with shield and two-headed eagle were placed. A new coat of arms was in use till XX century.

Previous coat of arms was returned in 1920 and was in use till 1940. From 1940s when Lithuania became part of Soviet Union, coat of arms with St Christopher could not be used due to religious content. Folklorists were trying to prove for soviets that Christopher is no longer among saints but it was useless. The coat of arms of Vilnius was chipped away in public places.

In 1991 on 17th of April presidium of Supreme Senate of Lithuanian republic restored previous coat of arms with Saint Christopher.

The Great Coat of Arms of Vilnius was created by artist Arvydas Každalis.