- Lithuania’s most striking example of renaissance-mannerist architecture.
- A starting point for walking pilgrimages and processions to the Hill of Crosses.
The heart of the Šiauliai diocese, which Pope John Paul II created in 1997, is the Cathedral of the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul. The church is Lithuania’s most prominent example of renaissance-mannerist architecture. From whatever direction you arrive in Šiauliai, you are sure to see its 70-meter-tall graceful white tower. The majestic edifice has some unique architectural details. Bay windows on the main façade, and churchyard gate towers with firing holes, give the impression of a defensive fortress. The defence motif is further emphasized by the churchyard gates, unique in Lithuania, which stand directly in front of the cathedral. The image of a well-fortified building was achieved by combining local architectural traditions with examples from Western Europe countries.