The first wooden church in Musninkai town was built before the 16th century and was later taken over by evangelical reformers. It was decided to build a new stone church in the middle of the 19th century. In 1855-1861, Mykolas Podberskis, the landlord of Musninkai Manor together with the parisioners built the present church in the place of the old church. It may be considered the earliest neo-Gothic single-tower church in Lithuania. It suffered during World War I and was repaired during the interwar period. Alfonsas Petrulis, the signatory of the Act of Independence of 16th February 1918, is buried in the churchyard.

The belfry erected next to the new church in 1868 is an excellently preserved example of authentic folk architecture. The low belfry of a massive silhouette and compact volume is built on the field stone foundation and has a square layout, two sections, a basement and an attic. The walls are made of hewn logs, joined at the corners by dovetail joints. The four-sided roof is covered with shingles, as is typical to the old ethnic architecture, the tin-covered cone-shaped peak is topped with an ornamented forged metal cross. The windows and door of the first section are arched, and the section ends with a small shingle roof. The second section is narrower than the first one and has triple acoustic holes covered with horizontal imitations of wooden blinds. The belfry was reconstructed several times: in 1934, 1962, 1967 and in 1973.




  • Address: Vilniaus gatve 3
  • State/county: Širvintai district
  • Country: Lithuania