Full name: Antoni Wiwulski
Other name(s): Atanas Vivulskis
Born: February 20, 1877 in Totma, Vologda, Russia
Died: January 10, 1919 in Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania
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The Three Crosses monument in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, which stood on the high Bare Mountain on the steep right bank of the Vilnia River, was erected in the early 17th century and remained a permanent feature of the cityscape until 1869, when it was destroyed. After World War I, Anton Wiwulski, a famous Russian-born Polish artist with Lithuanian forefathers, designed a new monument that was painted in white, but this monument was blown up by the communists in 1950. Wiwulski was one of the most prominent figures in Lithuanian history.
Although he had tubercolosis, he fought in the Polish-Soviet War and died from pneumonia in 1919. In 1924 a new chapel based on Wiwulski’s plan was built in Šiluva, the Lourdes of Lithuania, which is now an important pilgrimage site in Lithuania and Europe. Pope John Paul II visited in 1993.
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