Telšiai district lies in the north – west of Lithuania, on the middle Samogitia height. The district attracts not only by nature, but by the history, land culture, monuments of history, architecture and culture. Here you will find plenty of mounds, old cemeteries, mythological and sacred stones, nature objects. Telšiai is the capital of Samogitia, centre of circuit, diocese, culture and education. The city has been built on the seven hills, it nestles up to the beautiful Mastis lake, the city is proud of its old town (one of the seven Lithuanian protected old towns), Samogitians’ museum “Alka”, multitude of famous places and unique objects: St. Antanas Paduvietis cathedral with two central altars, the only one in Lithuania cubistic style orthodox church of St. Nicolaus, the remaining Yeshivah buildings. In the historic sources Telšiai has been mentioned since 1450. In 1791 king Stanislovas Augustas had bestowed Telšiai the rights and blazon of Magdeburg. Today the town occupies the 1637 ha territory. The population is around 33 thousand. In the city there have lived Vydūnas, I. Simonaitytė, Butkų Juzė, V. Mačernis, P. Genys, E. Cinzas.
SAMOGITIAN MUSEUM “ALKA“
The museum is of regional studies character. It accumulates ethnographic, archaeological collections, folk application and descriptive art works, historical collections, heritage of estate’s culture, large scientific archive.
SAMOGITIA VILLAGE MUSEUM
In the authentic Samogitia village buildings located in the area of 7.5 hectares and existed in the end of XIX century and in the beginning of XX century a lot of that time domestic thing, economy implement, and furniture are exhibited.
A. JONUŠAS SAMOGITIAN-JAPANESE-CHINESE HOMESTEAD-MUSEUM
This is an island of the orient sun – Samogitian-Japanese-Chinese homestead-museum created by the hands of an artist jeweler A. Jonušas.
TELŠIAI ST. ANTANAS PADUVIETIS CATHEDRAL
Built in 1765. It is of late baroque and classicism style. The church includes 7 altars. 2 of them are central. The central altar of second floor is committed for one of the supreme Franciscan saint – St. Antanas which is considered to be miraculous by the believers. In 2009 the underground of the Cathedral included restored vaulting, bishop’s burring crypt, laid new floor, installed lightening, sound system and installed new entrance from the inside of the Cathedral. The Cathedral includes set new anniversary gates committed for the mention of 600 year christening and having artistically represented christening history of Samogitia. Also the gates of Cathedral churchyard were reconstructed too.
TELŠIAI ORTHODOX ST. NICOLAUS CHURCH
This is the one of the most beautiful examples of cubism architecture in Lithuania.
In the church you will see oaken handmade iconic altar created in the middle of XIX century.
Telšiai yeshiva as higher school of rabbinate was established in 1873.
In XIX century it was accredited one of the largest in the world where already practiced rabbinate from all over the world had improved their knowledge.
CHURCH OF TAKING HOLY MARY INTO THE HEAVEN
Established in 1536 by the king Žygimantas I. Old wooden parish church was burned and rebuild several times. Currently in the church you can see old pictures, 3 beautiful altars.
THE FIRST SCHOOL OF TELŠIAI CITY
The school was built in 1795-1798 at the small square before the church and monastery. Polish and Jewish languages were lectured in the school. Later the school was expanded to 6 classes and legally equated with the gymnasium. Students of this school had active performed in the rebellion of 1831 year so tsarist administration had closed the school in 1832. During the year of Lithuania Independence it was primary-school. Here various schools had founded till 1944.