Oct 27, 2010

Lithuania FDC on "Churches of Lithuania"

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Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Churches of Lithuania

Date of Issue : 16 October 2010

--- Kaišiadorys Christ's Transfiguration Cathedral
In 1932, the construction of a neo-Gothic church in Kaišiadorys was completed. The church has a three-sided apse, a tall central tower, and corner turrets; the interior has three naves with cross vaults. On 10 May 1936, the Kaišiadorys Church became a cathedral after consecration performed by the first Kaišiadorys’ Bishop Juozapas Kukta granting the title of the Transfiguration of Christ.

In the crypt of the Cathedral, two bishops are buried: Juozapas Kukta and Teofilius Matulionis.

--- Telšiai Saint Anthony of Padua Cathedral
The history of the Telšiai Cathedral goes back to the year 1624, when the governor of the Telšiai Royal Manor Povilas Sapiega, upon approval of King Sigismund Vasa, invited the Franciscan (Bernardine) friars to arrive in Telšiai and built for them a wooden monastery and a chapel on the Hill of Insula.

In 1762, the construction of a brick two-storey church, a combination of the late Baroque and Classicism elements, started. It was consecrated in 1794 and became a cathedral in 1926. There are seven altars in the Cathedral; two of them are the main. The main altar located on the second storey, the only two-storey altar in Lithuania, is dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua; the painting depicting him and placed in this Cathedral is considered to be miraculous by the believers.

In the crypt of the Cathedral, three bishops are buried: Vincentas Borisevičius, Pranciškus Ramanauskas, and Justinas Staugaitis.

Two very very nice FDCs from Lithuania. Thank You very much to my friend !

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