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Šakyna Cementery Chapel

Chapels and crosses

A Šakyna chapel was built in Mikutaičiai village in 1802. Its founder and construction work instructor was a parson of Šakyna of that time, Livonian honorary canon parson Juozapas Varanavičius. The Šakyna cemetery where there is „a chapel, spacious, made of stones, with a tower which has 2 small bells and a tower above“ is mentioned in a document dating back to 1813 held in the Lithuanian National Archives. According to the archival documents, exterior of the building has not changed from the beginning of its construction and only the roofing was replaced. This is a unique object of traditional architecture and the largest stone chapel in the Northern Lithuania. The constructions made manually have withstood a burden of centuries. Subject painting of the Cemetery Chapel forms an integral iconographic system reflecting the essence of the Christian concept of death.