A single-stage wooden chapel in Šiliškės is built on the foundation of stone masonry. It bears the carved inscription “1924”, marking the year of the chapel construction. The chapel of a semicircular layout, topped by a three-sided steel sheet covered roof with attics and decorated with a metal cross, is an interesting example of minor folk architecture. The main facade has a triangular pediment with a centrally installed plate imitating a triangular skylight. This triangle may also have a symbolic meaning. One of the most common interpretations is the allegory of the Holy Trinity, coming from early Christianity, that is the sign of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Later, the triangle, often with its centered eye, took on a different meaning, i.e., “the Eye of Providence.” This symbolism is particularly common in Baroque art, while in Masonic symbolism the same “Eye of Providence” with nine rays symbolizes the deity.

The pediment is held by two turned and profiled balusters1 imitating columns. The front part includes a small rectangular window that is half-covered with a decorative grille. The chapel used to have sculptures and their compositions typical to Samogitian folk art: “Pieta”, “St. Anthony”, “St. John of Nepomuk” and two Angel sculptures. The original sculptures are missing. There are stone monuments on both sides of the chapel, and its area is enclosed by a wooden fence.




  • State/county: Telšiai district
  • Country: Lithuania