The crypts and the history of the treasury

The crypts and the history of the treasury

The duration of the educational class “The Crypts of Vilnius Cathedral and the History of the Treasury” is 2 hours.
Price – 3 EUR. The programme is addressed to schoolchildren of grades 1–12.
Classes are held in two locations: the crypts of Vilnius Cathedral and the Church Heritage Museum (Šv. Mykolo St. 9).

We will descend into the crypts of Vilnius Cathedral and see the ancient burials and crypts, the royal mausoleum and the earliest fresco in Lithuania. We will explore the treasury of Vilnius Cathedral, which remained hidden in the times of war and turmoil and is currently exhibited in the newly renovated Saint Michael’s Church.

Contact us

Register for the educational programmes in the Church Heritage Museum, the crypts and the bell tower of Vilnius Cathedral!
Tel. +370 5 269 7800

Educational programmes for families

We invite you to register for educational programmes for families in the Church Heritage Museum. We offer you to visit St Michael‘s Church and former Bernardine Convent. The museum's educational programmes will help your family strengthen the knowledge and will offer you loads of fun!

Advance booking is required (tel. +370 5 2697800, +370 5 2697803, e-mail
Classes take place from Tuesday to Friday, 11 am – 5 pm.
For educational classes in a foreign language the price is 25 Eur plus the ticket price: 3,5 Eur for participant child and 20 Eur for the services of educator.
Duration: approx. 1 hour.
Educational classes take place in the Church Heritage Museum, Šv. Mykolo St. 9, Vilnius.


Patron saint

Which saints accompany us since the day of our birth? What do their attributes tell us? What “duties” do the saints have in heaven? We will find it out during the class and will draw our patron saint on a wooden tablet.

A ring, a pectoral, a mitre and a crozier are the bishop’s insignia serving as a mark of his office and ridden with symbolism and meanings. In ancient times the bishop would wear his ring on the glove and use it to seal letters and documents. During the class we will make a ring-seal.
Life in a convent

Dedicated to prayer, nuns lived a closed life invisible to the eyes of passers-by. What was happening behind the thick walls of the convent? What was the daily routine of the sisters? And what events would disrupt the slow and unvarying days of the Bernardine nuns? We’ll perform a fun task requiring some effort, patience and diligence (we’ll have a try at the technique of embroidery on paper or the Gothic script).

Symbols are very important to people and have a deep meaning. What does a cross, an eye, a triangle or a dove symbolise? Why is a fish one of the oldest secret symbols of Jesus Christ? While admiring beautiful liturgical vessels, we will decipher the language of symbols and learn to make jewellery using the shrink plastic technique.
A treasure map

The treasury of Vilnius Cathedral was carefully protected from thieves, fire and enemies who attacked Vilnius during the wars. Not once the artefacts of the treasury had been pawned, and the deteriorated pieces were recast. It is a miracle that the valuable part of the treasury has reached our times. In the practical part of the class we will draw an ancient treasure map.


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