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The chapel that houses the image today dates from 1829, when it was Church of St Casimir 9 šv Kazimiero Bažnyčia Didžioji 34. Map D4. Tel (5) 212 1715. 5 10:30am & 5:30pm Mon–Fri, noon Sun. The first Baroque church of the city, St Casimir was destroyed by fire three times after being built by the Jesuits between 1604 and 1635, prompting extensive reconstruction led by the architect, mathematician and astronomer The Madonna of Mercy, seen through the window of the Gates of Dawn For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp68–9 V I L N I U S 55 Holocaust Museum w Holokausto Ekspozicija Pamėnkalnio 12.

A series of disasters hindered the city’s development, including invasions by the Russians (1655), Swedes (1701) and Napolean (1812). Rapid growth in the 19th century culminated in Kaunas becoming the temporary capital of newly independent Lithuania in 1919. Later, the city suffered under Nazi and Soviet occupations. Today, Kaunas is a modern city with a boulevard and a host of museums. The main historic sights are located in its well-preserved Old Town. This 15th-century Gothic church (šv Jurgio bažnyčia) was destroyed twice by fire, by the Russians in the 17th century and in 1812 by Napoleon’s soldiers.

The NeoGothic post office located close by is another striking building in the neighbourhood. 61 VISITORS’ CHECKLIST Heavily influenced by the Norwegian Symbolist painter Edvard Munch, Domšaitis won recognition for his art in interwar Germany and later in South Africa. The gallery exhibits 20th-century Lithuanian art as well as a permanent exhibition of works by Domšaitis. Situated behind the gallery, the Sculpture Park (Skulptūrų parkas) is dedicated to Martynas Mažvydas (1510–63), the author of the first Lithuanian book.

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