Shrines of Lithuania

Walk in the footsteps of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II


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Affectionately referred to by Lithuanians as the “Land of St. Mary”, the country, in fact, was once a fascinating blend of faiths and cultures that thrived together side by side in tolerance and harmony. In the sea of Catholic crosses dominating the capital’s distinctive skyline of steeples, double-barred crosses of Orthodox domes and David stars donning Jewish Synagogues fill the nooks and crannies of the centuries’ old jigsaw in a harmonious blend of culture and tradition that has thrived here since the dawn of its history. The old street names of Vilnius still bear testimony to this melting pot of traditions and it doesn’t take a long stroll around the city centre to come across a Tartar, Jewish, German, Russian and Polish Street, among others.

It was here amidst those winding cobbled streets bustling with a fusion of peoples and faiths that St. Faustina Kowalska lived and worked during her placement with the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Vilnius and here that she received her extraordinary revelations of Our Lord. Encouraged by her spiritual director Bl. Fr. M. Sopoćko of Vilnius University, it was here that Faustina started recording her visions of Divine Mercy in her famous diary. Painted by a local painter under Faustina’s guidance, it was here in Vilnius that the miraculous image of Divine Mercy was first venerated in public, received its initial recognition and gave rise to the spread of Divine Mercy devotion in Poland and across the world in its multiple forms of replications, reproductions and copies. Having found its permanent home in the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Vilnius old town, the image can now be venerated here in its full original glory.

A pilgrimage route following in the footsteps of St. Pope John Paul II will allow you to delve deeper in the roots of Lithuanian Catholic tradition. Journey outside the City of Mercy and into the pastoral landscapes and quaint towns of Lithuanian countryside, visiting the most significant shrines embedded here for centuries. The mysterious Hill of Crosses, the age-old Marian apparition site of Šiluva, the picturesque and historic religious monuments of Kaunas and Tytuvėnai and the UNESCO-protected traditional craft of crossmaking that is evident throghout the countryside all bear witness to the country’s far-reaching devotion to its Catholic traditions and faith.

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Destinations


Hill of Crosses
Just north of the city of Šiauliai in Northern Lithuania lies a small hill, not unlike many others, common to the flat plains of Lithuanian countryside. Don’t be mistaken by the typical appearance – pull over and walk up, to be stunned by the most mysterious sound and view as you approach the hill... read more

Vilnius
The city of steeples, Jerusalem of the North or Baroque Beauty of the Baltics – with its medieval street structure and architecture of diverse eras and styles, the Lithuanian capital has plenty on offer for a cultural connoisseur, a history buff and a Divine Mercy pilgrim alike... read more

Kaunas
Set in the centre of the country and well accessible from both the capital Vilnius and Lithuania’s Baltic seashore, Kaunas is the country’s second largest city and its national hub... read more

Šiluva
No pilgrimage to Lithuania is complete without a visit to one of the oldest European Marian apparition sites at Šiluva. The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been celebrated here for nearly five hundred years, drawing hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year... read more

Tytuvėnai
Located just eight kilometres from the major pilgrimage shrine of Šiluva, the Bernardine Monastery at Tytuvėnai attracts its own share of pilgrims and cultural visitors alike... read more


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