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Coat of arms of Pakruojis
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Pakruojis is located in Lithuania
Location of Pakruojis
Coordinates: 55°58′N 23°52′E / 55.967°N 23.867°E / 55.967; 23.867Coordinates: 55°58′N 23°52′E / 55.967°N 23.867°E / 55.967; 23.867
Country Lithuania
Ethnographic regionAukštaitija
CountyŠiauliai County
MunicipalityPakruojis district municipality
EldershipPakruojis eldership
Capital ofPakruojis district municipality
Pakruojis eldership
First mentioned1531
Granted city rights1950
 • Total5,139
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Pakruojis (About this soundpronunciation ) is a city in Lithuania. It is situated on the Kruoja River, which has a dam above the city. Forty three buildings of the manor, mentioned in 1531 still survive.


Pakruojis has a rare, surviving wooden synagogue.[1] It is the largest and the oldest of the wooden synagogues that survives in Lithuania, but had been in deteriorating condition for a long time.[2] On May 3, 2009 the synagogue suffered severe damage in a possible arson fire,[3][4]; it underwent restoration 2014–2016 and was reopened in May 2017.[5]

In July and August, 1941, German soldiers with the help of local white armbanders massacred a total of 400 Jews from Pakruojis district in the nearby Morkakalnis forest.[6]

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Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Pakruojis is twinned with:


  1. ^ "PREFACE 1". Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  2. ^ Gruber, Samuel D. (2008-09-29). "Samuel Gruber's Jewish Art & Monuments: Lithuania: Pakruojis Wooden Synagogue Continues to Deteriorate. How Much Time is Left?". Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  3. ^ "Jewkey the jewish Deal a Day". Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  4. ^ "Pakruojyje degė nebeveikianti medinė sinagoga - DELFI Žinios". Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  5. ^ "Lithuania: Restored wooden synagogue in Pakruojis reopens". Jewish Heritage Europe. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
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External links[edit]

Media related to Pakruojis at Wikimedia Commons