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Chapel in Bukaučiškės Village

Historical Buildings, Alytus district

A redbrick chapel of overpowering beauty stands on a hill in Bukaučiškės village, a little way from the south bank of the Didžiulis Lake. Supposedly, the construction of the romantic-style chapel with neogothic elements was finished in the middle of the XIX century. At first, it was a manor house chapel therefore sepulchres to bury landowners were settled in the charnel house of the chapel. A lime tree-lined path led from this chapel to the manor house. According to the story, lots of maples grew on the hill until the chapel was built and storks made their nests there – they were guardians of the holy air staircase that led to heaven. People believed that only the souls of honest people could get there.

Author of photograph G. Bernatavičius