Senoji Varėna

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Senoji Varėna
Village
Senoji Varėna is located in Lithuania
Senoji Varėna
Senoji Varėna
Location of Senoji Varėna
Coordinates: 54°15′N 24°33′E / 54.250°N 24.550°E / 54.250; 24.550Coordinates: 54°15′N 24°33′E / 54.250°N 24.550°E / 54.250; 24.550
Country Lithuania
Ethnographic regionDzūkija
CountyAlytus County COA.png Alytus County
MunicipalityVarėna district municipality
EldershipVarėna eldership
First mentioned1413
Population
 (2001)
 • Total1,276
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Fragment of park of Lithuanian traditional wooden sculptures in Senoji Varėna
Church in Senoji Varėna

Senoji Varėna is an old village in Varėna district municipality, near Merkys River and Rivulet Varėnė confluence, 4 kilometers north of Varėna, on the road VilniusDruskininkai. The village was mentioned for the first time in Teutonic letters in the year 1413.

It was the hometown of the most famous Lithuanian painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis.

Name origins[edit]

The village name comes from the Varėnė river which goes through it. There is a legend in folk stories that name Varėna comes from goddess Varėnė who was taking care of hunters and fishermen living by the river.