The Aglone basilica is a remarkable example of 18th century Baroque architecture, and is the most well-known Catholic cathedral in northeastern Europe.
While the majority of Latvia retains a Lutheran heritage, Catholicism remains the predominant religion of Latgale, due to its history as a part of the Polish-Lithuanian empire. In 1980, on Aglone’s 200th anniversary, Pope John Paul II gave it the title of Basilica and in 1993 he visited it. Every year pilgrims from all around northeastern Europe visit Aglone. Travelers can reach Aglone in approximately 2 to 2.5 hours by car.
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