|Smilgiai church belfry by |
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Šv. Jurgio (Saint George) parish originally began in 1655. This wooden church was built 1761-1764 on the site of its predecessor, which may have burned. The Baroque-style facade with its two cupola-topped towers were rebuilt in 1858. The church has a cruciform plan with three naves, and a Rococo high altar, which spreads out to include what would normally be two side altars. The belfry is a separate building.
A panoramic view of its gorgeous interior is available online at www.panoramas.lt. A number of good exterior views are available here (scroll down to post #45).
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|Church Smilgiai by Modris Putns. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.|
|St. George Catholic Church interior, Smilgiai, Lithuania - photo courtesy Osvaldas Guokas|
Sources: Lithuania Bradt Travel Guide by Gordon McLachlan, 5th edition, May 2008, and the church website.
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