Vitas (bishop)

17th-century portrait of Vitas

Polish Dominican friar from the Kraków convent and the first bishop in Lithuania (1253–1255).

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Pełka (archbishop of Gniezno)

The Archbishop of Gniezno, Poland in 1232–1258.

In 1238, Pope Gregory IX allowed the wearing of the cross metropolitan and he probably participated in the 1245 deliberations of the Council of Lyon and in 1253 he consecrated the first bishop of Lithuania, Dominican friar Wit (Vitas).

History of Lithuania (1219–1295)

The history of Lithuania between 1219 and 1295 concerns the establishment and early history of the first Lithuanian state, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

Map of Baltic tribes ca. 13th century. The Eastern Balts are shown in brown hues, the Western Balts in green.
Map of territories controlled by the Livonian Order in 1260. The Order, established in 1202, posed a great danger to the Balts, which encouraged unification.
Vykintas, the victorious leader in the Battle of Saule, as depicted in the Chronicles of Alexander Guagnini, published in 1578
Šeiminyškėliai Hillfort near Anykščiai is the most probable site of Voruta
The only surviving Seal of Mindaugas from 1255
Vitas, the first bishop of Lithuania. Painting from the 17th century
Walls of Pskov kremlin built in part by Daumantas, one of the assassins of Mindaugas and patron saint of Pskov
Columns of Gediminids, the symbol of a dynasty that started with Butigeidis ca. 1285 and ended with Sigismund II Augustus in 1572
Map of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania during the 13–15th centuries

The Bishop of Gniezno appointed Vito (Lithuanian: Vitas), a monk of the Dominican Order, to this position, but he was not recognized by Mindaugas or accepted by the populace.