Kaunas St. Francis Xavier (Jesuit ) Church heritage restoration works

Kaunas St. Francis Xavier (Jesuit ) Church heritage restoration works
  • Project code: EEE-LT06-KM-01-K-01-040
  • Project duration: 2014-08-25 - 2017-04-30
  • Project promoter: Rectorate of the Kaunas St. Francis Xavier (Jesuit) Church
Used funding 505097.35
Amount of funding 408668.63
Total project value
515828.04
  • Project status: In Progress
  • Project partners: Step Prosjekt AS
  • Municipality that receives benefit: Kauno miesto

 

Located in the main square of Kaunas Old Town, St. Francis Xavier is important both to the city’s religious community and Jesuit Gymnasium community. This 18th century sacral architecture cultural heritage of the late baroque is a vital part of Kaunas cityscape. Interestingly, it started the tradition of constructing thin and tall towers in Lithuania. The church is also unique due to its unconventional north-south orientation, while polychrome painting fragments in the northern façade provide it with special value.

The interior of the church as well as the House of Perkūnas belonging to the ensemble were restored several years ago, a terrace with panoramic view was also built, yet the façades were in a poor condition to this day. This was resolved after carrying out polychrome (determining colour of façades) and archaeological analysis, as well as façade repair and restoration works within the framework of the project. Baroque-style painting (figure compositions of the three saints), found in the northern façade, is of significant importance. The central figure was restored with support of the programme.

Educational tour, meetings with cultural heritage specialists and series of public lectures on significance of heritage, archaeological research of the block of Jesuits, ensemble history as well as importance of the object for Kaunas city, have been organized which increased public awareness and understanding of the city’s heritage. Implementation of the project was financially supported by a partner from Norway.

Address
Rotušės sq. 8, Kaunas
More information
www.eimiz.com
Visiting
Opening hours of the church: I-VI 4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.,
VII 7.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., 4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Opening hours of the terrace (tickets to be purchased at the House of Perkūnas):
I-V 10.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Restoration project and supervision
Ltd. “KPRPI” (Regina Tumpienė)
Contractor
Ltd. “Kauno projektavimo restauravimo ir statybos institutas”, works finished by Ltd. “Senamiesčio restauratoriai”
Technical supervision
Ltd. “Provalda”

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