Coordinates: 55°34′40″N 26°08′00″E / 55.57778°N 26.13333°E / 55.57778; 26.13333
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Panorama of Salakas
Panorama of Salakas
Coat of arms of Salakas
Salakas is located in Lithuania
Coordinates: 55°34′40″N 26°08′00″E / 55.57778°N 26.13333°E / 55.57778; 26.13333
Country Lithuania
CountyUtena County
MunicipalityZarasai District Municipality
 • Total519
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Salakas is a town in northeastern Lithuania with a population of 519 inhabitants according to the 2011 census.[1] It is famous for the neo-romantic church of Lady of Sorrows. It was built in 1911.


The settlement of Salakas was first mentioned in written sources in 1496 when a local noble gifted some land with three serfs to the parish church in Salakas and in 1497 when Wojciech Tabor [pl], Bishop of Vilnius, gifted some land to a governor of Salakas.[2]

In 1554 the town is mentioned as one of the towns on the main trade route from Vilnius to Riga. Because of this Salakas developed as a trading town. Around 1720, a monastery of the Canons Regular of the Penitence of the Blessed Martyrs was built, a wooden church was attached in 1740. After the failed Uprising of 1831, the monastery was closed by the Tsarist authorities in 1832.

Beginning in the early 19th century, there was 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. At the end of August 1941, about 150 Jews from the town – men, women and children – were murdered during the Holocaust in the nearby forest of Sungardai.[3]

After the Polish–Lithuanian War, the Lithuania–Poland border was located several kilometres from Salakas. This meant that the trade going through the town dried up.[2]


  1. ^ "2011 census". Statistikos Departamentas (Lithuania). Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Salakas » Salako istorija". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  3. ^ "Holocaust Atlas of Lithuania".