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Location in Lithuania

Coordinates: 55°47′40″N 23°08′20″E / 55.79444°N 23.13889°E / 55.79444; 23.13889Coordinates: 55°47′40″N 23°08′20″E / 55.79444°N 23.13889°E / 55.79444; 23.13889

Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Samogitia
County Šiauliai County
Municipality Šiauliai district municipality
Eldership Bubiai eldership
Population (2001)
 • Total 475
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Bazilionai is a small town in Šiauliai County in northern-central Lithuania. it is situated on the bank of the Dubysa River about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) of the road connecting Šiauliai with Sovetsk (former trade route to Tilsit).[1] As of 2001 it had a population of 475.[2] In 1744, King Augustus III granted a privilege to organize regular fairs in the town.[3] Before monks of the Congregation of Saint Basil arrived to the town in 1749, it was known as Padubysys (literally: near Dubysa).[1] The Basilian Fathers established a parish school in 1773. After 20 years, the school had 192 students and was reorganized into six-year school.[3] The monastery and school was closed by the Tsarist authorities after the failed uprising in 1830.[3] The town church was transferred to Eastern Orthodoxs. After Lithuania regained independence in 1919, the church was returned to Catholics.[3]


External links

  • (Lithuanian) Website of Bazilionai community
  • Virtual panorama of Bazilionai church
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