Vandžiogala

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Vandžiogala
Town
Vandziogalos baznycia.JPG
Coat of arms of Vandžiogala
Coat of arms
Vandžiogala is located in Lithuania
Vandžiogala
Vandžiogala
Location in Lithuania
Coordinates: 55°07′10″N 23°57′40″E / 55.11944°N 23.96111°E / 55.11944; 23.96111Coordinates: 55°07′10″N 23°57′40″E / 55.11944°N 23.96111°E / 55.11944; 23.96111
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Kaunas County flag.png Kaunas County
Population (2001)
 • Total 946
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Vandžiogala (Polish: Wędziagoła) is a small town in Kaunas County, Kaunas district municipality in central Lithuania. It is located 29 km (18 mi) north of Kaunas next to Urka brook. A Holy Trinity church was built in Vandžiogala in 1830.

A town also has a post office (LT-54073), a community centre building, a school, a library, two cemeteries. A wayside shrine was erected during the 135th commemoration of January Uprising.

As of 2001 it had a population of 946.

History[edit]

Vandžiogala was first mentioned in written sources 1384 when a battle with Teutonic crusaders happened. In the chronicles it is written that Vice Komtur of Ragainė Markvard Schulbach was sent to Lithuania to support Vytautas against Skirgaila. The battle was won by Germans: 120 Lithuanians died instantly and the rest either ran away or were taken as prisoners. Komtur took 300 out of those captured and Vytautas took 200.

Etymology[edit]

Monument for the commemoration of Lithuania's independence

The name is derived from words Vandys (a personal name) and galas meaning "the land belonging to Vandžiai". In the chronicles of crusaders the name is spelled Wandyagel while in the documents from the 16th century written in Old Church Slavonic it is spelled Vondziakgola.

Famous People[edit]

Dackevičius and Vilkevičiai brothers who had taken part in January Uprising are buried in the church cemetery.

References[edit]

  • This article was initially translated from the Lithuanian Wikipedia.

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