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Coat of arms of Garliava
Coat of arms
Garliava is located in Lithuania
Location of Garliava
Coordinates: 54°49′0″N 23°52′0″E / 54.81667°N 23.86667°E / 54.81667; 23.86667Coordinates: 54°49′0″N 23°52′0″E / 54.81667°N 23.86667°E / 54.81667; 23.86667
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Suvalkija
County LTU Kauno apskritis flag.svg Kaunas County
Municipality Kaunas district municipality
Eldership Garliava eldership
Capital of Garliava eldership
Garliava rural eldership
First mentioned 1809
Granted city rights 1958
Population (2005)
 • Total 13,423
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Church of Holy Trinity in Garliava

Garliava (About this sound pronunciation ), is a city in Lithuania, considered a suburb of Kaunas. Garliava is located 10 km (6.2 mi) south from the center of Kaunas and has a territory of 3,65 km2. In 1809 Józef Godlewski built a Holy Trinity church and named it Godlewo in his own honour, although Lithuanians started calling it Garliava. This year is generally viewed as the year Garliava was founded. It lay along a significant postal route between Saint Petersburg, Kaunas, Marijampolė, and Warsaw.

Godlewski also built a place of worship for Lutherans and a synagogue for Jews.


Garliava is the Lithuanian name of the city. Versions of the name in other languages include Polish: Godlewo, Russian: Годлево Godlevo, Belarusian: Гадле́ва Gadleva, Yiddish: גודלעווע Gudleve, Latvian: Garļava.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Juozas Gabrys (1880 – 1951), politician and advocate of Lithuanian independence, was born in Garliava. In his memoirs, he referred to himself as the "Count of Garliava."


In a relatively small area of 3,65 km2., there are five schools located in this suburb of Kaunas: Garliavos Juozo Lukšos gymnazium, Garliavos Jonučių high school, Garliava high school, Kindergarten and primary school of Garliava and Garliava school of arts and music.


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