St. The Way of Jacob
St. Jojoba Way in Lithuania
1987 October 23 The Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, issued the Declaration of Santiago de Compostela, proclaiming Jacob's Road and its branches across Europe as Europe's first cultural path. The key message is that Europe is not just a political and economic project, but above all, a values-based union, a communion based on the Christian roots of Europe. The map attached to the Declaration also includes Lithuania, which celebrates the two St. Branches of Jacob's Road.
2009 Member of the European Parliament dr. Laima Liucija Andrikienė joined St. Jacob Road Friends Parliamentary Group at the European Parliament. Encouraged by fellow MEPs from other countries, 2012 Laima Andrikienė started promoting Camino de Santiago in Lithuania. Jacob's path, which leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The latter was erected at the place where the buried St. the apostle James. Pilgrims travel to Santiago de Compostela from the early Middle Ages to the present day.
2012 In the summer of 2000, the book “St. The Light of St James Way, in Lithuanian and English, 172 pages, illustrated by St. Photographs of the churches of James. The author of the book - dr. Laima Andrikienė, editor - Valentina Čeplevičiūtė, photo author - Valdas Kilpys, map authors - Birutė Nenortaitė and Artūras Šipipys. This book, from 2012-2014. Two additional editions were distributed in Lithuania and abroad.
Then dr. Laima Andrikienė started to "build" and St. Jacob's Roads in Lithuania. The patron of the big project was Metropolitan Archbishop of Vilnius Gintaras Grušas, and during the plenary session of the Conference of Lithuanian Bishops (LVK) a decision was made to support and disseminate the project.
There are four international St. Jacob's Paths:
St. Jacob Žemaitija-Königsberg road . Road length: 269 km. Road stations: Lake Ezere (Latvia)> Mazeikiai> Seda> Telsiai> Plunge> Kretinga> Klaipėda> Švėkšna> Šilutė> Pagėgiai> Sovetsk (Russian Federation).
St. Jacob's Šiauliai road. Road length: 403 km. Stations: Aukškalne (Latvia)> Žagarė> Joniškis> Hill of Crosses> Šiauliai> Kurtuvėnai> Palendriai> Šiluva> Raseiniai> Skirsnemunė> Raudonė> Veliuona> Seredė> Raudondvaris> Kaunas> Veiveriai> Sasnava> Marijampole ).
Kaunas Road of St. James. Road length: 410 km. Road Stations: Eleja (Latvia)> Joniškis> Hill of Crosses> Radviliškis> Tytuvėnai> Šiluva> Dotnuva> Kėdainiai> Jonava> Kaunas> Prienai> Birštonas> Punia> Alytus> Seirijai> Meteliai> Crosses> Lazdijai> Ogrodniki.
St. James's Vilnius Road. Road length: 493 km. Stations: Skaistkalne (Latvia)> Biržai> Pasvalys> Panevėžys> Anykščiai> Alanta> Molėtai> Joniškis> Dubingiai> Giedraičiai> Paberžė> Vilnius> Trakai> Onuškis> Alytus> Merkinė> Liškiava> Druskininkai> Veisiejai> Ogrodniki (Poland).
Inland Road - St. The Ring of Jacob's Road , connecting all 11 St. The churches of Jacob in Lithuania (Vilnius, Švėkšna / Šilutė district, Onuškis / Trakai district, Žiežmariai / Kaišiadorys district, Jonava, Suvainiškis / Rokiškis district, Punia / Alytus district, Kurtuvėnai / Šiauliai district, Alanta / Molėtai district, Joniškis / Molėtai district, Rudiškiai / Joniškis district).