Aglona Basilica

Aglona, Latvia

At the end of the 17th century, the Dominican Order established a monastery in Aglona and built the first wooden church. After the church burnt down in 1699, a stone monastery building and the present church were built in its place in 1768-1780. The interior of the shrine was created in the 18th-19th century, but the pulpit, the organ, and the confessional were built at the end of the 18th century.

The church houses an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and artistic treasures, including the famous icon “Our Miraculous Lady of Aglona”, which is uncovered only during religious festivals. The painting is considered to have healing powers. In 1993, Pope John Paul II visited Aglona sanctuary. Extensive renovation works in the church and improvements of the surrounding amenities were carried out prior to this visit.

Every year on the 15th of August, pilgrims congregate in Aglona to mark the day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven.

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Krāslavas iela, Aglona, Latvia
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Founded: 1768-1780
Category: Religious sites in Latvia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Latvia)

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Kr1p5 Ku (2 years ago)
Beautiful, classy church.
Jose Verona (2 years ago)
Beautiful bacilica very big and very clean and well kept
zeltc130 (2 years ago)
Beautiful
Juozas Meldziukas (3 years ago)
Beautiful place to visit. Not only Basilica, but surroundings
David Warwick (4 years ago)
Very nice but feels so modern as the marble is actually paint, and most of it is painted stone but very big and impressive and yes pope did bless this church
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