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In today’s city, quite a lot of heritage objects reminding of the Jews’ life in Šiauliai, as well as the places related to the Jewish history have remained in Šiauliai. Let’s visit them during this sightseeing!In today’s city, quite a lot of heritage objects reminding of the Jews’ life in Šiauliai, as well as the places related to the Jewish history have remained in Šiauliai. Let’s visit them during this sightseeing!

   In the contemporary Lithuanian territory, the Jews settled during the times of Vytautas the Great. After receiving quite a broad autonomy, they started to develop trade and crafts.

The Jews started to settle in Šiauliai at the end of the 17th century, when in 1681 a privilege provided by a ruler John III Sobieski allowed the first Jew to live in Šiauliai. However, the same document indicated, that no more Jews would settle here, as citizens were afraid of competition.

 New inhabitants, including the Jews, were invited to settle in Šiauliai after plague, huge fire, and Northern War that occurred at the beginning of the 18th century, as there was an intention to revive the devastated city. Finally, the prohibition for the Jews to freely settle in Šiauliai was finally repealed in 1731.

In the middle of the 18th century, the Jews, who lived in surrounding towns Kelmė, Žagarė, Šiaulėnai, started to move to Šiauliai. They were allowed to organize here self-governance community Qahal, to build a synagogue in the city and to establish the cemetery, develop trade and crafts.

Eventually, the number of Jews so increased that at the beginning of the 20th century, the Jews made even three quarters of all city’s inhabitants, Such large Jewish community undoubtedly made a huge impact on the city’s life and its image.



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Freedom Monument 2020123.8kmsite_ao
‘The Black Ghost’ 2019139.9kmsite_ao
Christ’s Resurrection Church 2019119.5kmsite_ao
Pokaini Forest 201973.6kmsite_ao
Seduvos Malunas 201931.5kmsite_ao
Saint Nicholas Naval Cathedral 2019159.5kmsite_ao
Jauniela (New Street) 2019123.3kmsite_ao
Sugihara House 2019120.8kmsite_ao
Salaspils Memorial Ensemble 2019121.2kmsite_ao
Stone Head of Salaspils 2019123.4kmsite_ao
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A Unique Museum Dedicated to a Famed Soviet Filmmaker 2017157.1kmsite_ao
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The First Ever Public Christmas Tree 2016123.2kmsite_ao
Bridge to Nowhere 2018111.9kmsite_ao
Europe’s Widest Waterfall 2017142.7kmsite_ao
Karosta North Pier 2018160.2kmsite_ao
The Extinct Town of Schirwindt 2017131.3kmsite_ao
Hats From Around The World 2017124.5kmsite_ao
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