A monumental wooden chapel pole is built in the churchyard of the Mirror Chapel. It was erected at the beginning of the 20th century, and restored in 1980 by S. Puplauskas and V. Jasinskienė.

The chapel pole is of the usual low-rise and stumpy silhouette, consisting of a chapel of a rectangular layout with three glazed walls, installed on a low pole. The base pole has a square cross-section, with beveled edges. The main facade has a large decorative window shaped as a modified arch, with smaller windows of arched structure on the sides. The chapel pole roof is two-sided, covered with steel sheets and decorated with a profiled spike topped with a metal cross. The under roof area and the underside of the chapel are decorated with profiled and openwork cut verge trims, the top of the chapel has a small cornice. There are four decorative stars in the corners of the main facade. The top of the pole underneath the chapel is also decorated with ornamented profiled boards, and a cross with a crucifix is installed on the very pole, under the chapel.

The “Pieta” sculpture that used to be in the chapel pole disappeared in 1986. Mary’s role in the Gospel is inseparable from her unity with Christ, starting with Christ’s conception to the death. It is perfectly reflected in the scene of Pieta, with Mary holding crucified Jesus on her knees. The depiction of the suffering Mother of God is also very close to and understood in Lithuanian tradition and culture. The image of the mourning Mary with the Son on her knees came from medieval mysticism and spread in Germany. It has been known in Lithuania since the 15th century, spread in the 17th century, and was particularly liked by folk carvers. In the folk Pieta depictions, Mary is depicted with swords representing one or seven sorrows. The old prayers and hymns enumerate all the seven sorrows.




  • State/county: Telšiai district
  • Country: Lithuania