Grinkiškis

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Grinkiškis
Town
Skyline of Grinkiškis
Coat of arms of Grinkiškis
Coat of arms
Location of Grinkiškis
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Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Šiauliai County
Municipality Radviliškis district municipality
Eldership Grinkiškis eldership
Capital of Grinkiškis eldership
Population (2001)
 • Total 900
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Grinkiškis (Polish: Grynkiszki) is a town in the Radviliškis district municipality in Šiauliai County, Lithuania. It is situated on the Šušvė River. It is the seat of an eldership. According to the 2001 census, the town had population of 900.[1]

The town was first mentioned in 1454 and soon became property of the Gatavicius family. Krzysztof Gatavicius, thankful for his military achievements, built a church in 1618.[2] The present church was built in 1875.

In 1999, coat of arms of Grinkiškis were approved by a presidential decree. The coat of arms depict a golden angel on one knee, who holds a silver lily with three blooms. The angel was borrowed from one of the two surviving crosses in town's cemetery, made by 19th-century dievdirbys Vincas Svirskis.[3] The lily, a symbol of purity and innocence, represents Blessed Virgin Mary – patron of the town and namesake of its church.[3]

References

  1. Šiaulių apskrities kaimo gyvenamosios vietovės ir jų gyventojai (PDF) (in lietuvių). Vilnius: Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. 2003. p. 81. ISBN 9986-589-94-0. 
  2. Kviklys, Bronius (1965). Mūsų Lietuva (in lietuvių). II. Boston: Lietuvių enciklopedijos leidykla. p. 422. OCLC 3303503. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rimša, Edmundas (2004). Lietuvos heraldika II (in lietuvių). Baltos lankos. p. 80. ISBN 9955-584-69-6.