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Žagarė eldership

  ŽAGARĖ ELDERSHIP

  Eldership center – town Žagarė

  Larger settlements – Stungiai, Daukšiai, Žvelgaičiai

 

In 1595 the town was first mentioned by the name of Zagare on the map of G. Merkatorius. It is not fully established  why the town got such a name. According to legend,  Zagare comes from the word "žagarai" (switches). The town celebrated its  800th anniversary in 1998. On this occasion a substantial book (monograph) “Žagarė” was published.

Zagare is unique as it has preserved some old architectural and archeological monuments. While you are in Zagare, in both Old and New Zagare, you are welcome to visit the churches of St Peter and Paul the Apostles (built in the 16th century), in both Old and New Zagare, the drugstore built in 1817, the old baroque parsonage and the complex of Naryshkin Palace as well as the estate park  (dating from the end of the 19th century). Zagare was known for its large Jewish community. The first Jews came here and settled at the beginning of the 18th century.

The Zagare reserve forest is valued for its fine deer population and other natural assets. These natural values are preserved in Zagare Regional Park. Zagare Ridge, which is 8 km long along the Svete, is the most picturesque part of the Zagare landscape. The historic mounds – Zvelgaitis on the left and Raktė on the right – stand on the banks of the river. To the south of Zagare Forest there stretches a chain of low hills called Linkuva Hill. The Botanical Park of Zagare, covering 71.8 hectares, designed and planted on the initiative of noblemen Zubov and Naryshkin, makes the town highly attractive.

Zagare residents are proud of their writers Juozas Zlabys-Zengė and Marius Katiliskis (Albinas Vaitkus).

Zagare is a special place known for its popular cherries brought from the south at the end of the 19th century. You can feel that there is something special and unique about Zagare after having been there on its traditional feast of St John (Joninės), the church festival of St Peter and Paul, on Christmas Night, or at the theatre festival “Vaidintuvė”. Local people adore their Saintly  Blessed Barbora  after whom the  Old Zagare church is named.

Nobody can imagine Zagare without a stud farm that is one of the oldest in Lithuania, dating back to 1899; it is considered to be the cradle of horse breeders as well as of lovers of equine sports. More than 300 horses of the Hanover breed are bred here. Various sports events and horse shows are held. In the territory of Zagare Eldership there is  also the joint-stock company “Žagarės sodai” (Zagare orchards), the  agricultural community “Žiuriai” and dozens of larger-scale farmers develop their activities here.