siauliai

Šiauliai

[shou-lyahy]
noun
a city in N Lithuania, N of Kaunas.
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siauliai

city, north-central Lithuania. The city, dating from at least the 13th century, may be identical with the "Saule" where a major military confrontation took place in 1236 between the Lithuanians and the Brothers of the Sword, an order of Christian knights bent on imposing Christianity on the Baltic states. The order was decisively defeated, and the survivors were forced to merge with the Teutonic Knights.

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