Molėtai (About this soundpronunciation ) (Polish: Malaty) is a town in north eastern Lithuania surrounded by lakes. One of the oldest settlements in Lithuania, it is a popular resort for the inhabitants of Vilnius. According to the 2013 census, it had 6,302 inhabitants.

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Coat of arms of Molėtai
Coat of arms
Molėtai is located in Lithuania
Location of Molėtai
Coordinates: 55°14′N 25°25′E / 55.233°N 25.417°E / 55.233; 25.417Coordinates: 55°14′N 25°25′E / 55.233°N 25.417°E / 55.233; 25.417
Country Lithuania
Ethnographic regionAukštaitija
CountyUtena County COA.png Utena County
MunicipalityMolėtai district municipality
Capital ofMolėtai district municipality
First mentioned1387 Feb. 17[1]
Granted city rights1539
 • Total6,302
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The town is located about 60 km (37 mi) north of Vilnius and 30 km (19 mi) south of Utena.


It was first mentioned as a private property of the bishop of Vilnius in year 1387.

On August 29, 1941, 700 to 1,200 Jews were murdered in a mass execution perpetrated by an Einsatzgruppen of Lithuanian nationalists.[2] The victims of the massacre were commemorated in a march to the site, and a memorial was unveiled there, on the 75th anniversary, in 2016.[3]

In modern times the city has Molėtai Astronomical Observatory, the only such facility in Lithuania. And Lithuanian Museum of Ethnocosmology - the first such type of museum in the world.



  1. ^ Jogaila (17 Feb 1387). "F6-1. Lenkijos karaliaus ir Lietuvos didžiojo kunigaikščio Jogailos privilegija Vilniaus katedrai" (in Latin). Vilnius, Lithuania. Retrieved 11 Sep 2013.
  2. ^ Holocaust Atlas of Lithuania: Mass Murder of the Jews of Molėtai Accessed 26 April 2017
  3. ^ The Road to Death (75th Anniversary of the Murder of the Jews of Molėtai) at Accessed 26 April 2017

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