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St. Anne's Church
Coat of arms of Obeliai
Coat of arms
Obeliai is located in Lithuania
Location of Obeliai
Coordinates: 55°56′0″N 25°48′0″E / 55.93333°N 25.80000°E / 55.93333; 25.80000Coordinates: 55°56′0″N 25°48′0″E / 55.93333°N 25.80000°E / 55.93333; 25.80000
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Panevezys County flag.svg Panevėžys County
Municipality Rokiškis district municipality
Eldership Obeliai eldership
Capital of Obeliai eldership
First mentioned 1519
Granted city rights 1956
Population (2005)
 • Total 1,335
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)

Obeliai (About this sound pronunciation ; Polish: Abele, Yiddish: אבעל‎ Abel) is a small city in the Rokiškis district municipality of Panevėžys County, Lithuania. At the foot of the town is one of the area's many lakes.

This area of Lithuania is known as 'Little Switzerland' due to the beauty of the countryside and a large number of lakes.

The town of Obeliai is small and quite poor, due in no small part to the diversion of the railway; the station remains but is no longer in use.


The arms of the town were granted on August 8, 1993. Obeliai was first mentioned in the 16th century and received city rights in 1957. The town did not use any arms until the above arms were designed in 1993. The blue bend symbolises the Kriauna River, the silver field, the Lake Obeliai. The three apple blossoms on the bend are canting (sloping), "obelis" meaning apple tree. Apples used to be a major export of Obeliai, with many orchards surrounding the town. This industry is all but gone now.

A windmill in Obeliai

In August 1941, all the Jewish residents of Obeliai and the surrounding villages were taken into the Antanašė Forest by the Nazis, made to dig a long trench and then shot and buried.[1] The official German army report states that on August 25, 1941, a total of 1,160 Jews, consisting of 112 men, 627 women, and 421 children were killed.[2]

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