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Medininkai is located in Lithuania
Location of Medininkai
Coordinates: 54°32′20″N 25°39′00″E / 54.53889°N 25.65000°E / 54.53889; 25.65000Coordinates: 54°32′20″N 25°39′00″E / 54.53889°N 25.65000°E / 54.53889; 25.65000
Country  Lithuania
County Vilnius County
Municipality Vilnius district municipality
Eldership Medininkai eldership
Capital of Medininkai eldership
Population (2011)
 • Total 493
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Church of Medininkai

Medininkai (Polish: Miedniki Królewskie; Belarusian: Меднікі) is a village in Lithuania, located 26 km (16 mi) from Vilnius and 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Lithuanian–Belarusian border. According to the 2001 census, the village had 508 residents.[1] Medininkai is the administrative center of an eldership. According to a 2010 eldership report, it had 1374 residents, of whom 92,3% were Polish, 3.2% Lithuanian, and 2.9% Russian.[2]

The village is situated on the Medininkai Highland, near the highest points of Lithuania – the Juozapinė Hill and Aukštojas Hill. The village is famous for the ruins of the Medininkai Castle. On July 31 1991 a still illegal Lithuanian border post was, attacked by the Soviet OMON forces. Seven Lithuanian volunteer officers were shot, while Tomas Šernas barely survived. The village was briefly featured in the 2007 movie, Hannibal Rising (film).

Monument of seven Lithuanian customs officers, killed July 31, 1991 in Medininkai

See also


  1. ^ Vilniaus apskrities kaimo gyvenamosios vietovės ir jų gyventojai (PDF) (in Lithuanian). Vilnius: Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. 2003. p. 90. ISBN 9955-588-04-7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Vilniaus rajono savivaldybės administracijos Medininkų seniūnijos 2010 m. veiklos programa" (in Lithuanian). Vilnius district municipality. March 24, 2010. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. 
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