Tauragė (Aboot this soondpronunciation ; see ither names) is a industrial ceety in Lithuanie, an the caipital o Tauragė Coonty. In 2011, its population wis 26,444. Tauragė is situatit on the Jūra River, close tae the mairch wi the Kaliningrad Oblast, an no far frae the Easter Seas coast.

Banner o Tauragė
Coat of airms o Tauragė
Coat airms
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Coordinates: 55°15′N 22°17′E / 55.250°N 22.283°E / 55.250; 22.283
Kintra Lithuanie
Ethnographic regionSamogitie
CoontyTauragė Coonty
MunicipalityTauragė Destrict Municipality
EldershipTauragė toun eldership
Caipital oTauragė Coonty
Tauragė Destrict Municipality
Tauragė toun eldership
Tauragė landwart eldership
First mentioned16t century
 • Total26,444
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Tauragė receivit its ceety chairter in 1932, an its coat o airms (a siller huntin horn in a reid field) in 1997. Notable biggins in the ceety include the neo-Gothic Radziwiłł palace - "the castle" (currently hoosin a schuil an regional museum Santaka) an several kirks: the Lutheran (biggit in 1843), the Orthodox (1853) an the Catholic kirks (1904). A ceramics manufacturin plant operates in the ceety.


In Lithuanie, Tauragė is a conjunction o twa wirds: Tauras which means aurochs, an ragas which means horn, hence its coat o airms. The ceety is kent as Tauroggen in German, as Taurogi in Polish, טאווריק/Tovrik in Yiddish, an Тауроген, Тауроги/Taurogen, Taurogi in Roushie.


Ane o the major residences o the Radziwiłł faimily syne 1655, the ceety haes been a centre o Lutheranism in Lithuanie. Frae 1691 till 1795, Tauragė belangit tae Brandenburg-Proushie, efter the marriage o Margrave Ludwig o Brandenburg wi Princess Ludwika Karolina Radziwiłł. Efterwairds, the ceety became pairt o the Roushie Empire.

Tsar Alexander I o Roushie, signed a armistice wi Napoleon I in Tauragė on 21 Juin 1807, that wis suin tae be follaeed wi the Treaties o Tilsit. On 30 Dizember 1812, the Proushie General Yorck, signed the Convention o Tauroggen, declarin his troops neutral, that effectively endit the fragile Franco-Proushie alliance durin the French invasion o Roushie. In 1836, hintle o the ceety wis destroyed bi a fire. Honoré de Balzac stayed in Tauragė in 1843.[1]

In 1915, a significant pairt o the ceety's infrastructur wis destroyed bi German troops during Warld War I. On 9 September 1927, thare wis a rebellion against the rule o Preses Antanas Smetona, but the revolt wis quickly suppressed. Efter the Soviet annexation o Lithuanie in 1940, the "Tauragė Castle" wis a place o impreesonment for Lithuaniee poleetical dissidents an Pols POWs. Mony local indwallers, includin the parents an relatives o Roman Abramovich, wur exiled tae Siberie durin the Soviet occupation in 1940. This savit the faimily frae the Holocaust. When Operation Barbarossa commencit on 22 Juin 1941, the Soviets retreatit, an Tauragė wis captured bi the German Wehrmacht on the same day. Aboot 4,000 Jews wur murthert in Tauragė an nearbi veelages. In the Hairst o 1944, the German occupation endit wi the Soviets replacin thaim wi a renewed occupation lastin till 1990.

Internaitional relationsEedit

Tauragė Castle

Twin touns — Sister ceetiesEedit

Tauragė is twinned wi:


  1. Mažrimas, Edmundas (26 Juin 2008). "Prancūzų rašytojas Onorė de Balzakas ir Tauragė". Tauragės kurjeris. Retrieved 13 Mairch 2010.
  2. "Portal Bełchatów". Miasto Bełchatów [Bełchatów town council] belchatow.pl (in Polish). 2010. Archived frae the original on 13 Juin 2011. Retrieved 22 Juin 2011. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)Archived 2011-06-13 at the Wayback Machine

Freemit airtinsEedit