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Coat of arms of Salantai
Coat of arms
Salantai is located in Lithuania
Location of Salantai
Coordinates: 56°4′0″N 21°34′0″E / 56.06667°N 21.56667°E / 56.06667; 21.56667Coordinates: 56°4′0″N 21°34′0″E / 56.06667°N 21.56667°E / 56.06667; 21.56667
Country Lithuania
Ethnographic regionSamogitia
CountyLTU Klaipėdos apskritis flag.svg Klaipėda County
MunicipalityKretinga district municipality
EldershipSalantai eldership
Capital ofSalantai eldership
First mentioned1556
Granted city rights1746
 • Total1,887
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Salantai (About this soundpronunciation ) is a small city in Lithuania. It is located in the Klaipėda County, Kretinga district.


Salantai is named after the Salantas River, which runs through the town. Both of their names are derived from the Lithuanian word "salantais" meaning "freezing."


Salantai Church

This town is known for three famed rabbis: Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin Salanter and his teacher Rabbi Zundel Salant, rabbi Shmuel Salant, who spent most of his life in Salantai. Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Jerusalem between 1866 and 1910, also lived here before immigration. Aleksandras Bendikas, the Lithuanian book smuggler settled in Salantai. During the summer 1941, 95 Jews of the city were massacred in a mass execution by Lithuanian nazis in the nearby forest.[1]


The Orvydas Farmstead located on the outskirts of Salantai is a sculpture park created by the Lithuanian artist Vilius Orvydas.[2]

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  2. ^ "Orvydas Garden". Atlas Obscura.