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|Municipality||Radvili?kis district municipality|
|Eldership||Radvili?kis town eldership|
|Capital of||Radvili?kis district municipality|
Radvili?kis town eldership
|Granted city rights||1923|
|o Mayor||Antanas ?epononis|
|o Total||16,344 (19th)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Radvili?kis (pronunciation (help·info)) (Polish: Radziwiliszki, Yiddish: , Radvilishok) is a city in the Radvili?kis district municipality, ?iauliai County, Lithuania. Radvili?kis has been the administrative center of the district since 1950, and is an important railway junction.
Radvili?kis was founded at the end of the 15th century. It was first mentioned in the book on state economics by M. Downar-Zapolsky listing the cities taxpayers in 1567. In 1687, John Sobieski, the king of Lithuania and Poland, granted the right of holding a market to it.
Radvili?kis was devastated many times by military forces, plague and hunger in the 17th-19th centuries. There were no citizens left in Radvili?kis after the plague in 1708-1710.
Around July 12, 1941, all 300 Jews of Radvili?kis were murdered in the Durpunas Forest near the Jewish cemetery by Germans and Lithuanian Activist Front members from Radvili?kis.
In 1998, a sculpture of the Victory goddess Nike was unveiled in the center of Radvili?kis to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the victory over the united German-Russian West Russian Volunteer Army. It was created by sculptor P. Mazuras.
Supposedly, the name originated from the name of the noble Radziwi (Radvila) family of Lithuanian origin. This family ruled Radvili?kis for more than 200 years, from 1546 to 1764.
A rising and light-emitting horse, representing communication, motion, city development and flourishing, is depicted in the coat of arms of Radvili?kis. The light is a symbol of civilization's role in the city development. It was created by artist Laima Ramonien? in 1992.
Radvili?kis, settled on everglades, was famous for its railway and black-from-locomotive-smoke sparrows.
The two symbols of the town are the railways, and black swallows.
The wooden belfry of Radvili?kis parish's Blessed Virgin Mary church of the Immaculate Conception is a topical architecture monument. It was set in 1878. The belfry burned twice. It was reconstructed in 1984.