Church of St. John the Baptist

The most attention catching focus in Plungė`s Old Town is the marvelous premise of Church of St. John the Baptist. It is a significant architectonic surplus for the Plungė city as well as for the all district of Plungė. The church is of neo – romanesque style built under Latin cross-plan including two gorgeous towers.

The history of the Church of St. John the Baptist started in late 18th century when the wooden church was erected. The church was the predecessor of the nowadays Church of St. John the Baptist. More than half a century later a belfry and a graveyard chapel of All Saints were built in order to promote the wooden Church of St. John the Baptist estate by counts Zubovai. The church was kind of public center then as proclamations of rebels where declared and public meetings where held there.

Only in 1902 the project for new stone church was prepared in order to build a new church by the old wooden church of nowadays appearance and structure. The building project was finished in 1933. Then in 1934 the remains of old wooden church were demolioshed.  The Church of St. John the Baptist stood impeccable for 3 years delighting local inhabitants when in 1936 a fire broke out in the belfry. The fire damaged the belfry hard as in 1937 the belfry was disposed towards demolishing, but happily it was decided to rebuild it later. In 1939 the stone parish house was built in order to expand the Church of St. John the Baptist. The promotions were well accepted and the Church of St. John the Baptist stands prettily till nowadays.

Nowadays the 25 m height church represents the common historic two towers basilica type of neo – romanesque style. It is built under Latin cross-plan including two gorgeous square towers prominent on the main facade. The towers are of three stages ending with triangular gables. Between the two towers a triangular gable is located including a round stylized window - rose. The length of hole basilica is 67m and the width 42m. The Church of St. John the Baptist now is not only perfect place for prayer, but for introversion while listening to music or poetry as various performances are held there on occasions too.

Plungė city is the Lithuanian Culture Center 2009. That is a great reason to come and visit the city as well as the Church of St. John the Baptist this year. All year round cultural tourism destinations are organized in order to acquaint city guests and local citizens with the peculiarity of Plungė.  There is no doubt that a solid input to oneness of Plungė city the Church of St. John the Baptist brings.