|Municipality||Molėtai district municipality|
|Capital of||Molėtai district municipality|
|First mentioned||1387 Feb. 17|
|Granted city rights||1539|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Molėtai (pronunciation (help·info)) (Polish: Malaty) is a town in north eastern Lithuania. One of the oldest settlements in Lithuania, it is a popular resort for the inhabitants of Vilnius. According to the 2013 census, it had 6,302 inhabitants.
The town is located about 60 km (37 mi) north of Vilnius and 30 km (19 mi) south of Utena.
It was first mentioned as a private property of the bishop of Vilnius.
On August 29, 1941, 700 to 1,200 Jews were murdered in a mass execution perpetrated by an Einsatzgruppen of Lithuanian nationalists. The victims of the massacre were commemorated in a march to the site, and a memorial was unveiled there, on the 75th anniversary, in 2016.
Molėtai Church of St. Peter and St. Paul exterior
Molėtai Church of St. Peter and St. Paul interior
John of Nepomuk sculpture
- Jogaila (17 Feb 1387). "F6-1. Lenkijos karaliaus ir Lietuvos didžiojo kunigaikščio Jogailos privilegija Vilniaus katedrai" (in Latin). Vilnius, Lithuania. Retrieved 11 Sep 2013.
- Holocaust Atlas of Lithuania: Mass Murder of the Jews of Molėtai Accessed 26 April 2017
- The Road to Death (75th Anniversary of the Murder of the Jews of Molėtai) at lzb.lt Accessed 26 April 2017
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- Molėtai tourist information centre (Places of interest)
- Virtual Tour of Molėtai
- (in Lithuanian) Town's homepage
- The murder of the Jews of Molėtai during World War II, at Yad Vashem website.
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