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St George Church
The red brick St George's Church has had a turbulent past. It was built in 1909 by the authorities of Tsarist Russia as a place of worship for the Russian army.
The Germans turned the church into a warehouse and later it was taken over by the Lithuanian Army. St George's Church was consecrated in 1999 and is nowadays a catholic church.
The St George's Church is situated in the central part of Siauliai, diagonally opposite the train station.
Address: St George's Church, Kraziu 17, Siauliai
Sts. Apostles Peter and Paul Church
The Sts. Apostles Peter and Paul's Church (Sv. Petro ir Povilo baznycia) was built in the late 16th century. In 1997 the church was granted the status of a cathedral.
Its 75 m tall tower is the second highest in Lithuania and is the main landmark of Siauliai. Both the interior and the lovely gardens around the church are well worth seeing.
The Sts Apostles Peter and Paul's Church is located a bit north of Siauliai's pedestrian zone. It overlooks Pergales aikste.
Address: Sts. Apostles Peter and Paul's Church, Ausros takas 3, Siauliai
Orthodox Sts Peter and Paul Church
The nice little Sts. Peter and Paul's Church of the Orthodox parish (Sv. Petro ir Povilo staciatikiu parapijos cerkve) is topped by the typical shining octagon onions.
The dwelling houses of the priest and the Orthodox Parish can be found just next to the church.
Sts. Peter and Paul's Church of the Othodox parish is situated near the northern end of the old city cemetery. This area is also the Russian-Orthodox sector of the mainly Catholic cemetery.
Address: Sts. Peter and Paul's Church of the Orthodox parish, Rygos str. 2a, Siauliai
Sundial (Saules laikrodzio)
The Sundial (Saules laikrodzio) commemorates Siauliai's 750th city anniversary in 1986. It was created by three artists from Siauliai and consists of an almost 4 metre tall gilded bronze statue of an archer (saulys) on top of a concrete column. Legend tells that the city name originates from the word saulys meaning archer.
On the floor you even find the numbers 12, 3 and 6 which on the one hand are used to show the time but also symbolise the year 1236 in which Siauliai was first mentioned.
The Sundial can be found in the city centre of Siauliai, just at the intersection of the streets Ezero and S. Salkauskio.
The Arch (Arka)
The Arch (Arka) is probably one of the more wacky sights in Siauliai. It is an odd looking skeletal structure which is said to make your dreams come true.
If you pass under the arch while making a wish your wish will be fulfilled, but if you walk back under the arch and forget about your wish will not come true.
The Arch is situated on Siauliai's pedestrianised main shopping street Vilniaus; just at the intersection with Kastonu.
St. Ignatius Church
In 1930 the Jesuits bought a house and turned it into St. Ignatius Church. During the Soviet era it was used as a warehouse, a sports hall and even a theatre.
At the end of 1990 the building was handed back to the Jesuits. It still looks like an interesting mixture of an ordinary house and a church.
St. Ignatius Church is situated right in the heart of Siauliai's city centre, just next to the pedestrianised shopping street.
Address: St. Ignatius Church, Vilniaus 247, Siauliai
Old City Cemetery
The history of the Old City Cemetery dates back to the late 18th century. It is the resting place of Catholics, Russian Orthodox people and those without any religious faith.
It is very interesting to wander around the cemetery and have a look at the various sorts of graves from tiny wooden graves to vast family vaults.
Near the northern end the Russian Orthodox area of the cemetery can be found. The gravestones are written in cyrillic letters and some are from Soviet times.
Unfortunately, when we visited the cemetery many of the graves in the Russian Orthodox section were violated.
The Old City Cemetery is situated adjacent to the southern end of Lake Talsa (Talsos ezeras). It borders with the street Ezero in Siauliai's centre.
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