Rokiškis district municipality

  Administrative centre – Rokiškis
  Area – 1806 km² (22.9 % of the county’s area)
  Population – 38 937 (13.7 % of the county’s population)
  Wards – Juodupė, Jūžintai, Kamajai, Kazliškis, Kriaunos, Obeliai, Pandėlys, Panemunėlis, Rokiškis rural, Rokiškis town

Rokiškis district municipality is located in the north-eastern part of Panevėžys county, at the border with Latvia, on the Aukštaičiai Plateau. There are the Miliūnai, Suvainiškis Moškėnai-Laukupėnai historical landscape reserves and Sartai Regional Park. Valuable natural complexes are preserved in the Notigalė, Suvainiškis, Petriošiškis telmological, Junkūnai geomorphological, Kampuolis hydrographical, Čedasas ornithological reserves. The municipality is adorned with small hills and lakes, the biggest and the most beautiful river in the district – the Nemunėlis. There are the higher riches of the Lėvuo, Šetekšna, the Kriauna. There are 99 lakes (the largest whereof – Sartai, Obeliai, Apvalasai, Vyžuona, Skaistė), 11 ponds. The largest forests – those of Suvainiškis, Salagiris, Apūniškis. There are the exploited Degesynė, Čelkiai, Varaščina peat bogs. Agricultural land makes up 56 %, forests – 28 %, roads – 2 %, built-up area – 2.3 %, water bodies – 3.8 %, other land – 7.9 % of the municipality.

There are three towns – Obeliai, Pandėlys, Rokiškis, and nine townships – Čedasai, Duokiškis, Juodupė, Jūžintai, Kamajai, Panemunėlis, Panemunis, Salos and Suvainiškis.

The centre of the district municipality – Rokiškis town – was first mentioned in 1499. It belonged to the Lithuanian noblemen – Astikas, Krošinskis, Tyzenhaus. The town started growing rapidly in 1873, after a railway line had been constructed. In 1916–1950, it was a county, from 1950 – a district centre. Rokiškis is famed for its old architecture, beautiful cultural traditions. The Independence Square of the town, formed at the end of the 18th–beginning of the 19th century, is now a priceless architectural value, which is of particular interest to tourists. The layout of the centre of the town is classicistic, the one of a kind that was preserved in such a good condition in Lithuania. The church of St Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist near the square is the most beautiful Neo-Gothic ensemble in Lithuania. There is the Rokiškis Region Museum, located in the former mansion of Tyzenhaus, which includes 16 extant buildings, as well as a park (28.1 ha) with ponds. 

The district is crossed by a railway from Daugavpils to Šiauliai and Kaunas. Food and light industry is developed. There are recreational sites equipped by the most beautiful water bodies, the most beloved whereof – Sartai Lake (the longest lake in Lithuania).

There are four state-protected natural heritage objects: Ožakmenis, Bradesiai oak, Ministras (Minister’s) linden and Žiūkeliškės oak. There are about 230 historical and cultural monuments: the churches of St Francis Seraphic (18th century) in Aleksandravėlė, St Michael the Archangel in Jūžintai and Rokiškis, St Casimir in Kamajai, Panemunis, Salos manors, caste mounds (those of Alksniai, Stasiūnai).

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