Building Complex of Panevėžiukas Church of the Crucified Jesus

Baroque is usually associated with rich decor, expression and multi-colour. And yet, the style sometimes took the form of subtle hints. Panevėžiukas would be a little distinguished settlement of Kaunas region; however, the eye of the passer-by always catches a certain building: one of the most unique churches in Lithuania. It is not distinguished by its magnificence or size: it is one of the two churches of triangular plan in Lithuania. The church of Degučiai appeared almost at the same time, though the sanctum of Panevėžiukas is the only prayer house of triangular plan in Lithuania, attributable to the masonry as well as professional architecture. It is believed that the masonry church appeared in Panevėžiukas in the middle of the 18th century, after it was funded by the owner of the manor Simonas Sirutis.

The volume of the sanctum is even more diversified by the rectangular avant-corps, the axle of the façades of which faces the centre of the “triangle”, completing the sides. A pair of wooden towers of two-sections raises above the avant-corps of the eastern side; the plan of the church has been changed by the hexagonal sacristy attached to the front avant-corps in the 19th century. The façade is vertically divided by the rows of the doubled pilasters, turning into the entablature separated by the profiled cornices. The corners in the lateral parts are highlighted by angular pilasters. A charming Baroque accent – rounded window and door niches are slightly profiled at the top. The architectural expression of the interior area is laconic – the most decorative accent here is decorative altars of the forms close to Baroque; the single-nave area is divided by four wooden columns.