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Amazing Liškiava St. Trinity Church

The cultural centre of Liskiava in the summer of 2006 started a project ’’Liskiava abbey’s adaptation to tourism’’ whose main goal was to adjust the Liskiava abbey to the needs of tourists and make it suitable for cultural activities.

Liskiava’s XVII century’s architectural ensemble is situated on the left bank of river Nemunas, 8km (5 miles) from another famous town Druskininkai. It is a baroque style pearl in southern Lithuania, being richly visited by tourists from all over the world, as well as from Lithuania. The dominant structure of the whole ensemble is Saint Trinity church, the creation of the late glorious baroque.

Between 1990 and 1997 major repairs were carried out and the church was given a new life due to the efforts and care of canon Valius Zubavicius.

310 years ago in Liskiava lived Jurgis Kosyla with his wife Kristina, who was the founder of this ensemble, and who on the 22nd of April in 1697 left all the property as a the testamentary gift to Jacobins on condition that they, who had come from Seinai to Liskiava, would build a church and an abbey for the glory of Saint Trinity, and stay there. Jacobins put the will of the founder into realization, and this fine ensemble has remained till nowadays.

The church is decorated by Italian frescos, 7 baroque – rococo altars, old authentic benches with tarsias of Jacobins, and sacral thematic paintings of XVIII – XIX centuries. Jacobins did not live long in this abbey, from 1699 to 1813, due to the civil government’s prohibition to let in newcomers. As a result of that, the abbey was unable to renew, and died. In the year of 1813 when the last monk of Liskiava died, all abbey buildings, including the church, were by the decree of the bishop signed over to the parish to administrate. Unfortunately, the abbey of Liskiava has never been renewed.

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