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Preserving Lithuanian baroque church

  • With the support of the Norway Grants, a wooden baroque church in the village of Degučiai, in the Šilute district in Lithuania, will be reconstructed.

    The Degučiai St. Vincent Ferrero Parish church was built in 1760, and is today one of the few triangle-shaped wooden baroque sanctorums left in Europe. The church attracts a lot of tourists to the village, which is on the Lithuanian seacoast, and it is believed that the reconstructed church will draw an increased number of both Lithuanian and foreign visitors to the area. This will benefit the local population, as increased tourism will provide them with more opportunities for securing an income.

    The reconstruction of the church is one of 23 different Lithuanian cultural heritage projects receiving €11.2 million in support from the EEA and Norway Grants. The funds will, among other things, be spent on restoring church buildings and the area surrounding them, equipping the churches with plumbing and sewage systems, and reconstructing electrical transmission lines. These projects have not been completed earlier due to the lack of financial resources.

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    Project title:

    Restoration of Deguciai St. Vincent Ferrero Parish Church as an object of the cultural heritage

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Conservation of European cultural heritage


    € 347,390



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Deguciai St. Vincent Ferrero Parish

    Type of institution:

    Local authority

    Project duration:

    26 months

    Project cost:

    € 434,238

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norwegian Financial Mechanism

    Grant agreement date:

    17 September 2008

    The purpose of the Project is preservation of building of cultural heritage in Šilute and increasing the number of tourists visiting the region, with the overall objective of preservation of Deguciai Village St. Vincent Ferrero Parish Church. Reference is made to the application dated 28 April 2008 and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - Management and publicity;

    - Public tender;

    - Technical project and technical supervision;

    - Restoration of the church and campanile;

    - Improving the area around the church (including fencing, pavement, grass); and

    - Audit.

    The Project Promoter is Deguciai St. Vincent Ferrero Parish. Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Administration of Silute district municipality.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Administration of Silute district municipality provides at least 20 percent of the total eligible Project costs.