A. Pališkis / „Atrask Raseinius“

Šiluva Church

Built in the 18th century, the current red-brick Šiluva church is probably the last example of Late Baroque sacred architecture of such integrity in Lithuania. The interior décor of the church has been preserved virtually unchanged over more than two centuries. Worshippers are drawn here by the miraculous painting of Mary and Baby Jesus, the Feast of Our Lady of Šiluva (Šilinės), and the Chapel of the Apparition. Some 40 metres high, the magnificent building was designed by architect Antanas Vivulskis, who also created the Three Crosses monument in Vilnius. The altar of the chapel is embedded with the stone on which the Blessed Virgin Mary is thought to have appeared.