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18th-century wooden church in Palūšė
18th-century wooden church in Palūšė
Palūšė is located in Lithuania
Location of Palūšė
Coordinates: 55°20′N 26°06′E / 55.333°N 26.100°E / 55.333; 26.100Coordinates: 55°20′N 26°06′E / 55.333°N 26.100°E / 55.333; 26.100
Country Lithuania
Ethnographic regionAukštaitija
CountyUtena County
MunicipalityIgnalina municipality
EldershipIgnalina eldership
First mentioned1651
 • Total83
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Palūšė is a tourist village in the Aukštaitija National Park in eastern Lithuania. It is located south-west of Ignalina. The church of Palūšė, built in 1750, is considered to be the oldest surviving wooden church in Lithuania. The church is constructed from wood and was built without using nails, only with saws and axes.[1] It was featured on the one litas banknote. According to the 2011 census, it had 83 residents.[2] Lithuania singer and composer Mikas Petrauskas was born in Palūšė.[3]


The village is located on the eastern shore of Lake Lūšiai, 6 km west from the district center, the town of Ignalina.

Notable people[edit]

  • Mikas Petrauskas (1873-1937), Lithuanian organist, singer (tenor), conductor, teacher.


  1. ^ Architektūriniai, archeologiniai, istoriniai paminklai. Ignalina municipality.
  2. ^ "Utenos apskrities gyventojų surašymo duomenys". Lithuanian official statistics department.
  3. ^ "Paminklas Mikui Petrauskui atminti". Palūšė official website.

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