Dieveniškės

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Dieveniškės
Town
Dieveniskes church.jpg
Coat of arms of Dieveniškės
Coat of arms
Dieveniškės is located in Lithuania
Dieveniškės
Dieveniškės
Location of Dieveniškės
Coordinates: 54°11′40″N 25°37′30″E / 54.19444°N 25.62500°E / 54.19444; 25.62500Coordinates: 54°11′40″N 25°37′30″E / 54.19444°N 25.62500°E / 54.19444; 25.62500
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Dzūkija
County Vilnius County
Municipality Šalčininkai district municipality
Eldership Dieveniškės eldership
First mentioned 1385
Population (2001)
 • Total 916
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Dieveniškės (literally: Gods' place, Polish: Dziewieniszki, Belarusian: Дзевянішкі) is a town in the Vilnius County of Lithuania, about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the Belarusian border in the so-called Dieveniškės appendix. It is surrounded by the Dieveniškės Regional Park.

History[edit]

Jewish cemetery of the town.

The estate of Dieveniškės was first mentioned in 1385 as a village of a Lithuanian noble Mykolas Mingaila, possibly the son of Gedgaudas, later ruled by the Goštautai family. Stanislovas Goštautas visited Dieveniškės with his wife Barbara Radziwill, who used to pray in Dieveniškės church, built in the 16th century. According to the 1897 census, 75% of the village population were jewish. The shtetl had 2 synagogues. The Jews were murdered during the Holocaust in Lithuania.

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