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Town hall of Šakiai
Town hall of Šakiai
Coat of arms of Šakiai
Coat of arms
Šakiai is located in Lithuania
Location of Šakiai
Coordinates: 54°57′N 23°3′E / 54.950°N 23.050°E / 54.950; 23.050Coordinates: 54°57′N 23°3′E / 54.950°N 23.050°E / 54.950; 23.050
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Suvalkija
County Marijampolė County
Municipality Šakiai district municipality
Eldership Šakiai eldership
Capital of Šakiai district municipality
Šakiai eldership
First mentioned 1599
Granted city rights 1776
Population (2005)
 • Total 6,605
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Šakiai (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city in the Marijampolė County, Lithuania. It is located 65 km (40 mi) west of Kaunas. It is presumed that Šakiai first expanded from Šakaičai village. By 1719 a church in Šakiai was built. By the 19th century Šakiai already had city rights; it also had a school, Catholic and Lutheran churches, a synagogue, and a post office. During World War II the city was destroyed by the German army.

Šakiai church

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Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Šakiai is twinned with: