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The church of Pandėlys
The church of Pandėlys
Coat of arms of Pandėlys
Coat of arms
Pandėlys is located in Lithuania
Location of Pandėlys
Coordinates: 56°1′0″N 25°13′0″E / 56.01667°N 25.21667°E / 56.01667; 25.21667Coordinates: 56°1′0″N 25°13′0″E / 56.01667°N 25.21667°E / 56.01667; 25.21667
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Panevezys County flag.png Panevėžys County
Municipality Rokiškis district municipality
Eldership Pandėlys eldership
Capital of Pandelys eldership
First mentioned 1591
Granted city rights 1956
Population (2005)
 • Total 985
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Pandėlys (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city in northern Lithuania. It is located some 26 km (16 mi) west from Rokiškis, on the road to Biržai. Apaščia River originates near the city and flows through it.


The origins of the name are associated with trade. One explanation goes that the name was derived from a word meaning "warehouse." Merchants from Vilnius and Riga would meet and exchange the goods somewhere in the area. Lithuanians called their storage places podėlis and Latvians – pondėlis. The other explanation claims that the name comes from panedėlis – Monday, the day of the week when the market was open.

The town is first mentioned in 1591. The manor belonged to the Rajecki family, who sold it to the Kościałkowskis in 1767. The new owners, Stumbrai, demolished the manor. Only a park is left, planted according to Italian traditions. Ignacy Kościałkowski built a brick church in 1801. Antanas Strazdas, a famous poet, worked for short period in the church. The city had an important Jewish community before their murder in 1941[1] Today, and important Jewish cemetery is still visible.[2][3]


  • Semaška, Algimantas (2006). Kelionių vadovas po Lietuvą: 1000 lankytinų vietovių norintiems geriau pažinti gimtąjį kraštą (in Lithuanian) (4th ed.). Vilnius: Algimantas. p. 406. ISBN 9986-509-90-4.