Grigiškės

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Grigiškės
City
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Coat of arms of Grigiškės
Coat of arms
Grigiškės is located in Lithuania
Grigiškės
Grigiškės
Location of Grigiškės
Coordinates: 54°40′0″N 25°6′0″E / 54.66667°N 25.10000°E / 54.66667; 25.10000Coordinates: 54°40′0″N 25°6′0″E / 54.66667°N 25.10000°E / 54.66667; 25.10000
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Dzūkija
County Vilnius County
Municipality Vilnius city municipality
Elsership Grigiškės eldership
Capital of Grigiškės eldership
Granted city rights 1958
Population (2005)
 • Total 11,566
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Grigiškės (About this sound pronunciation  (Polish: Grzegorzewo) is a neighborhood in the Vilnius city municipality, Lithuania. It is an industrial neighborhood with AB Grigiškės, a major paper factory built in 1923. Grigiškės is situated on the both banks of the Vokė river, south from the river Neris.

History[edit]

Mounds from the 5th to 10th centuries show that the surrounding lands have been inhabited for a long time. Kunigiškės, Kauno Vokė and Salos-Afindevičiai villages were there, modern Grigiškės settlement was founded only in the 20th century.

The name was given by Grzegorz Kurec an industrialist of Belarusian-descent, who built a paper and cardboard factory and a water power plant with a unique Grigiškės water aqueduct.

In the aftermath of the war, factory was expanded, many new workplaces were created and returning Belarusian workers from Siberia, whom were prohibited to live in Vilnius, settled here. In the Soviet era, Grigiškės factory also manufactured wood fibre panels.

On 15 May 1958, Grigiškės became an urban-type settlement and the first Lithuanian schools were established. In 1968, a library was built. On 10 December 1996, by the decree of the Lithuanian president, Grigiškės coat-of-arms was finally validated. Since 19 March 2000 (official since 21 December 1999), Grigiškės has been part of Vilnius city municipality.

See also[edit]

  1. Map of Grigiškės