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The first church in Salakas was built in 1496. A parish was founded at the same time. Around 1720 a monastery was also built, a wooden church was attached in 1740. The monastery was decommissioned in 1832.
Beginning in the early 19th century there has been a significant Jewish population in Salakas because of its status as a trading town, the percentage of Jewish inhabitants ranged from thirty percent to above fifty percent.
After the Polish–Lithuanian War the border was placed several kilometres from Salakas. This meant that the stream of trade going through the town dried up.