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Šiulva Shrine

Kaunas Archdiocese

Šiluva  +37042843190 

From the oldest of times to the present, a steady stream of pilgrims has been flowing to Šiluva. The feast of the Nativity (or “Birth”) of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been celebrated here for nearly 500 years, each time drawing many thousands of pilgrims from all of Lithuania and beyond. Pious visitors throng to the Chapel of the Apparition of Our Lady of Šiluva, which stands in the exact place where 400 years ago Mary appeared. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in Šiluva in 1608. Children from a nearby village who were keeping sheep in the land of the old church saw, atop a large rock, a young woman holding a baby in her arms and weeping bitterly.
Altogether, about a quarter of a million pilgrims pass through Šiluva each year. The largest groups gather in early September during the annual eight-day indulgenced feast known as Šilinės.
The current red brick church of Šiluva was built and furnished around the middle of the 18th century. It is an example of late baroque sacred architecture, with an interior that has been preserved almost entirely unchanged for more than two centuries.
The Basilica’s iconography develops three main themes: Mary as she who brought the Saviour into the world, Christ as the Founder of the Church, and the Church itself. The main altar features the miraculous painting of the Mother of God and Child.

Open Hours
The Basilica and Apparition Chapel are open
8:00-20:00 in summer (May-October)
8:00-15:00 in winter (November-April)

Times of Liturgical Celebrations
In the Basilica
Sundays 8:00, 10:00, 12:00
Weekdays 12:00
Saturdays 10:00, 12:00
13th of every month 9:00, 12:00
During Šilinės 10:00, 12:00 (in the esplanade), 18:00
In the Apparition Chapel
Saturdays and Weekdays 19:00 (only May-September), 18:00 (only October)
13th of every month 8:00, 10:00
During Šilinės 8:00, 9:00

Hours for Confession
Confessions are heard before and during Holy Mass

Other Information
Indulgenced Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Šilinės) – September 7-15
Marian Days – the 13th of every month

ADORATION of the Blessed Sacrament in the Basilica
13th of every month from 13:00-16:00
During Šilinės 11:00-21:00


M. Jurgaičio str. 2, Šiluva, Lituania