Upninkai

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Upninkai
Village
Coat of arms of Upninkai
Coat of arms
Upninkai is located in Lithuania
Upninkai
Upninkai
Location of Upninkai
Coordinates: 55°05′N 24°32′E / 55.083°N 24.533°E / 55.083; 24.533Coordinates: 55°05′N 24°32′E / 55.083°N 24.533°E / 55.083; 24.533
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County LTU Kauno apskritis flag.svg Kaunas County
Municipality Jonava district municipality
Eldership Upninkai eldership
Capital of Upninkai eldership
First mentioned 1422
Population (2011)
 • Total 786
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Upninkai is the largest village in Jonava district, Lithuania. It is situated 8 km southwest of Vepriai on the left bank of the Šventoji River. According to the 2011 census, it had population of 786.[1]

The church in Upninkai

History[edit]

Upninkai was first mentioned in 1442 in the will of Kristinas Astikas who was the first known lord of Upninkai lands.[2] His son Radvila Astikas built the first church there before 1477. The village had a Protestant church from the late 16th century until 1650. During the 17th century, Upninkai competed with Ukmergė for trade and influence.[2] In 1842, the entire town burned down and did not recover. A persistent priest converted surviving former manor's brick granary into the present Neoclassical Roman Catholic church of Archangel Michael.[2] According to the census of 1923, Upninkai had 75 residents. The population grew more than ten-fold between 1970 and 1979, increasing from 67 to 847.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gyventojų skaičiaus pasiskirstymas pagal teritoriją, amžių ir lytį Lietuvos Respublikos 2011 metų visuotinio gyventojų ir būstų surašymo rezultatai (PDF) (in Lithuanian). Vilnius: Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. 2013. p. 46. 
  2. ^ a b c Kviklys, Bronius (1965). Mūsų Lietuva (in Lithuanian). II. Boston: Lietuvių enciklopedijos leidykla. pp. 365–366. OCLC 3303503. 
  3. ^ Zinkus, Jonas; et al., eds. (1985–1988). "Zinkus". Tarybų Lietuvos enciklopedija (in Lithuanian). IV. Vilnius: Vyriausioji enciklopedijų redakcija. p. 383. LCC 86232954.