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Šventoji (Neris)

Map of the Šventoji river
Country Lithuania
Physical characteristics
Main source Lake Samanis
225 m (738 ft)
River mouth Neris
Length 246 km (153 mi)
  • Average rate:
    56.1 m3/s (1,980 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 6,889 km2 (2,660 sq mi)

The Šventoji (About this sound pronunciation ; literally: The Holy One) is the longest river that flows entirely within Lithuania and the largest tributary of the Neris.[1] It originates from the Lake Samanis in the Gražutė Regional Park and flows into Neris near Jonava.[2] The longest tributary of the Šventoji is the Širvinta River.

The Šventoji passes through the cities of Anykščiai, Kavarskas and Ukmergė. In 1963–1964 a dam near Kavarskas was built to replenish the Nevėžis using water from the Šventoji. However, the dam is no longer used as it is too expensive, ineffective, and violates environmental regulations of the European Union.[3] In 1959 the Antalieptė Reservoir, the second largest artificial lake in Lithuania, was built on the Šventoji.[2]


  1. ^ "Šventosios pabaseinis" (in Lithuanian). Aplinkos apsaugos agentūra. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Ten kur prasideda Šventoji..." (in Lithuanian). Gražutė Regional Park. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ Subačius, Gintautas (2006-07-19). "Nevėžio troškulys didėja" (in Lithuanian).