Ramygala

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Ramygala
City
Panorama of Ramygala
Panorama of Ramygala
Coat of arms of Ramygala
Coat of arms
Ramygala is located in Lithuania
Ramygala
Ramygala
Location of Ramygala
Coordinates: 55°30′40″N 24°18′10″E / 55.51111°N 24.30278°E / 55.51111; 24.30278Coordinates: 55°30′40″N 24°18′10″E / 55.51111°N 24.30278°E / 55.51111; 24.30278
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Panevezys County flag.png Panevėžys County
Municipality Panevėžys district municipality
Eldership Ramygala eldership
Capital of Ramygala eldership
First mentioned 1503
Granted city rights 1957
Population (2005)
 • Total 1,678
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Ramygala (About this sound pronunciation , literally "quiet end") is a small city in Lithuania. It is located some 24 km (15 mi) south from Panevėžys on the banks of the Upytė River, a tributary to the Nevėžis River. According to 2005 estimate, it had just below 1,700 residents.

History[edit]

The name "Ramygala" was first mentioned in the 13th century. In 1370 the place suffered from the Teutonic Knight attack. Sometime before 1500 the first church was built and in 1503 the name "Ramygala" was used to refer to a town. Since then Ramygala slowly grew. Few years later it had a manor, and at the end of the 16th century it received a privilege to host fairs. Unlike many other towns in Lithuania, Ramygala did not belong to a noble family but rather to Vilnius Cathedral and later to Vilnius University.

In 1781 the town established a parish school next to a new church after the old one was destroyed by fire. The school grew and expanded significantly in the 20th century. It built two new school buildings and a dorm. In 2005 it was named Ramygala Gymnasium. The school hosts a small museum dedicated to the local history and traditions. A new Neo Gothic church was built in 1897-1914. It has 3 aisles and 3 altars. It features only one bell tower. The tower was damaged during World War II, but was rebuilt in the 1950s.

Administration[edit]

Since the second half of the 18th century, Ramygala was administrative center of a valsčius. After the administrative reform by the Soviet authorities in 1950, the town became a capital of a raion (Lithuanian: rajonas). In 1957 it received city rights. In 1962 Ramygala lost the status of the capital of a raion. Now it is a center of an eldership, the smallest administrative division in Lithuania. It has a small hospital and a library.

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