The Church of St. Theresa is the
most outstanding example of the early Baroque architecture
in Vilnius. The construction of the church started in 1630
under the patronage of the Vice Chancellor of the Grand Duchy
Stephen Pac. The architect Ulrich was invited to make the
project of the church that should become one of the most beautiful
in the city. The gorgeous facade was designed by Constantino
Tencalla. For the construction of the church that reminds
of the classic models of Roman architecture such expensive
materials as Swedish sandstone, granite and marble were chosen.
In 1763-1765 the church interior was enriched with sculptures
and frescoes. In 1783, the Pociej Chapel - a mausoleum of
the noblemen's family - was erected. The church was renovated
several times; the last renovation took place in 1976.
The abundantly ornamented interior
of the church is in rococo style. The altar made of sandstone
is exceptionally beautiful: it is adorned with pilasters-volutes
and numerous sculptures. The relief pediment is in the shape
of clouds. Mural paintings, decorating the vaults and walls
of the central nave, represent the life of St. Theresa. They
date from the second part of the 18th century.
The early Baroque monastery buildings
were constructed in the first half of the 17th century. They
don't boast of the lavish ornamentation but are austere and
simple as the monastery buildings are supposed to be. The
monks of Carmelites order practiced charity and took care
of old people and orphans. Among the citizens the monastery
was famous for the excellent beer brewed by Carmelites.
Address: Ausros Vartu St., 12