The project aimed at rebuilding St John's Church with its tower in the Lithuanian coastal city of Klaipeda is due to be granted the status of a project of state significance as the country's parliament is considering such a resolution under a fast-track procedure.
Klaipėda
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Its adoption is expected in the middle of January.

Representatives of the Klaipeda authorities and the local Evangelical Lutheran community presented the project to the parliamentary Committee on Culture last Wednesday, and a proposal to grant this project the status of a project of state significance was put before parliament.

According to the Seimas, since the church will be rebuilt based on the documents of well-known Prussian architect Friedrich August Stuler, the project could become a symbol of good inter-state relations between Lithuania and Germany.

The church and its tower in their original size would be rebuilt in Klaipeda central old town by the end of 2027. The project is estimated to cost 16.8 million euros.

St John's Church would be the first of the churches destroyed during WWII rebuilt in Klaipeda. The local Evangelical Lutheran community does not have a prayer house at the moment and services are held at a former rectory which is not adapted for the purpose.

Under the plan, the church and its 75-meter-high tower would be rebuilt to look like they were after the 1856-1858 reconstruction which followed a fire.

The church was damaged in 1944 but the Soviet government did not allow rebuilding it. It was completely demolished several years later.

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