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Coat of arms of Labanoras
Coat of arms
Labanoras is located in Lithuania
Location in Lithuania
Coordinates: 55°16′00″N 25°46′20″E / 55.26667°N 25.77222°E / 55.26667; 25.77222Coordinates: 55°16′00″N 25°46′20″E / 55.26667°N 25.77222°E / 55.26667; 25.77222
Country  Lithuania
County Vilnius County
Municipality Švenčionys district municipality
Eldership Labanoras eldership
Capital of Labanoras eldership
First mentioned 1373
Population (2011)
 • Total 59
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Labanoras [ɫaba'noːras] is a small town within the Labanoras Regional Park in Lithuania. It is situated on Labanoras Lake (lt) and is surrounded by the Labanoras Regional Park, the largest regional park in Lithuania. As a center of the Labanoras Park, the town attracts tourists. A hotel and restaurant were opened in a former school building in 2003.[1] According to the Lithuanian census of 2011, the town had 59 residents.[2]


Its alternate names include Labanary, Labanoro, Łabonary (Polish), and Labanore (Yiddish).[3][4]

The settlement is known from 1373.[5] In 1386, Grand Duke Jogaila gifted Labanoras and other settlements to the newly established Diocese of Vilnius.[6] In 1965 a hoard of about 470 coins was found near the town cemetery. It contained Prague groschens minted by Charles IV (1316–1378) and Wenceslaus (1361–1419) as well as early coins from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania by Vytautas (1350–1430) and Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427–1492). It is believed that the treasure was buried during the 1470s.[7] The first church was mentioned in 1522, folwark in 1539, manor in 1568, parish school in 1781.[5] The town had 196 residents in 1866, 443 in 1923, 264 in 1959, and 186 in 1979.[5]

During World War II, in summer 1941, an Einsatzgruppen and their Lithuanian collaborators murdered the local Jewish population in mass executions.[8][9][10]

Labanoras Church[edit]

Labanoras Church

A miraculous painting of Mother of God was first mentioned during a canonical visitation in 1655.[6] A wooden Labanoras Church (lt) was built in 1820, but it burned down in December 2009. As of January 2011, no official report had been released. Unofficially, the possibility of an accidental fire due to faulty electrical installation was ruled out leaving arson as the main suspect.[11] It is believed that the church was robbed of its over 30 valuable paintings (15 of them were state-protected monuments of art) and then burned to cover up the crime.[11] During the cleanup, 1,017 coins (German pfennigs, Russian kopeks, Lithuanian centas) were found under the burned altar.[12] A reconstruction is underway, financed by the government and private donations.[11]


  1. ^ "Labanoras". Hotel and Restaurant Labanoras. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  2. ^ "2011 census". Statistikos Departamentas (Lithuania). Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ United States Board on Geographic Names – Lithuania – Labanoras. Accessed January 28, 2014.
  4. ^ Dov Levin (2000). The Litvaks: A Short History of the Jews in Lithuania. Berghahn Books. p. 273. ISBN 978-1-57181-264-3. 
  5. ^ a b c (in Lithuanian) Jonas Zinkus; et al., eds. (1985–1988). "Labanoras". Tarybų Lietuvos enciklopedija. 2. Vilnius, Lithuania: Vyriausioji enciklopedijų redakcija. p. 462. LCC 86232954. 
  6. ^ a b Kviklys, Bronius (1964). Mūsų Lietuva (in Lithuanian). I. Boston: Lietuvių enciklopedijos leidykla. pp. 746–745. OCLC 3303503. 
  7. ^ Smilgevičius, Vytautas (2001). "Labanoro lobio Prahos grašiai Lietuvos muziejų rinkiniuose". Archaeologia Lituana (in Lithuanian). 2: 143. ISSN 1392-6748. 
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  11. ^ a b c Stundienė, Regina (2010-10-23). "Labanoro šventovė antrąkart atgimsta iš pelenų". Ūkininko patarėjas (in Lithuanian). 
  12. ^ Sinkevičius, Dainius (2010-10-20). "Po sudegusios Labanoro bažnyčios altoriumi rastas lobis" (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 2011-01-02. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Labanoras at Wikimedia Commons