Lukšiai Church

The project of a new brick church of Lukšiai was drawn up even in 1862 by Leopold Salkowski, the architect of Kalvarija County. True, the construction of this church started almost a decade later and in 1877 it was finally completed and consecrated. The church was damaged during the First World War: the tower was ruined completely, still a lower version of it was restored in a decade or so. The church stands out among similar single-tower churches, built in Neo-Gothic style, by its white colour. Lukšiai church, first of all, gives an impression of impetuousness, created due to arrangement of volumes,  composition of pointed-arch niches and pinnacles abundantly used. Four of them crown the great spire of the church on its sides and end the buttresses of several tiers on the sides of the main, rear and transept facades. Two massive stylized buttresses with the smallest of towers used form the entrance, in comparison quite modest, and set up in the tower, protruded from the facade plane. Both facades of the transept are of the same appearance: on one axis, a large pointed-arch window and rose-windows are placed: the top is decorated with small arcades of fine vertical division. The rear facade is similar, yet slightly different:  one can find a composition here of two Gothic pointed-arch niches, formed by a large trimming, which ends with a rhombus on the top. The compact interior space is quite modest in comparison. The most interesting elements here perhaps are: a pointed-arch arcade, separating the narthex and holding the organ choir and the rhythm of doubled rosy pilasters, growing into the rib strips of the vault.