Chashniki (Belarusian: Чашнікі, romanizedČašniki; Russian: Чáшники; Polish: Czaśniki; Lithuanian: Čašnikai) is a town in Vitebsk Region, Belarus. It is famous for the Battle of Ula during the Livonian War and the Battle of Chashniki that took place during the French invasion of Russia in 1812. The town's population is 8,092.[1]

Чашнікі (Belarusian)
Чашники (Russian)
The Church of the Holy Savior, 2015
The Church of the Holy Savior, 2015
Flag of Chashniki
Coat of arms of Chashniki
Chashniki is located in Belarus
Coordinates: 54°51′12″N 29°09′53″E / 54.85333°N 29.16472°E / 54.85333; 29.16472
RegionVitebsk Region
DistrictChashniki District
 • Total8,092
Postal code
Area code+375 2133
Vehicle registration2


It is believed that the term Chashniki comes from the Belarusian word, chashnik[be-tarask] (Чашнік) which referred to an official who would pour drinks for the Lithuanian prince. Another possible etymology comes from the Chashnitsy Lowlands[be-tarask], which connects the name of the settlements to [in the] bowl.[2]


Chashniki is a historical settlement, formerly part of the Polish-Lithuanian Polotsk Voivodeship.

The town was formerly home to the Chashniki castle, which was erected during the Livonian War under order of Ivan the Terrible. It burned down during the Great Northern War during the advancement of Peter the Great's troops through the area.[3]

Chashniki has historically had 2 churches. The first was the Church of St. Luke and the Dominican Monastery[be-tarask], a baroque cathedral erected in the 17th century and was demolished by Soviet authorities in 1964. The second was the Church of the Holy Savior[be-tarask], an example of classicism established in 1843. It was restored in 2000.


Chashniki is located on the Vula River[be-tarask], a tributary of the Daugava.



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  1. ^ "НАЦИОНАЛЬНЫЙ СТАТИСТИЧЕСКИЙ КОМИТЕТ РЕСПУБЛИКИ БЕЛАРУСЬ" (PDF). 2021-08-30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 Aug 2021. Retrieved 2023-04-06.
  2. ^ Жучкевіч, Вадзім (1974). Краткий топонимический словарь Белоруссии (in Belarusian). Minsk. p. 398.
  3. ^ Tkachoŭ, M.A. (1991). Zamki i li͡u︡dzi (in Belarusian). Minsk: Navuka i tėkhnika. p. 184. ISBN 9785343008807.