The steeple (70 meters tall) of the renaissance cathedral built in the 17th century is visible from all main roads. The diocese of Šiauliai was established there by decision of Pope John Paul II on May 8, 1997. The church became the Cathedral of St. Apostles Peter and Paul. One of the oldest sundials in Lithuania has survived on the wall of the southern facade of the cathedral. The cathedral contains two images of the Virgin Mary – next to them there are votive offerings – famous for their graces. At the cathedral’s mother of God’s chapel people say litanies or recite the rosary and in the chapel of Divine Mercy they recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.