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|Municipality||Telšiai district municipality|
|Capital of||Varniai eldership|
|Granted city rights||1950|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
It was established in the 14th century, on the bank of the Varnelė River, near an important Samogitian castle. It was the center of Samogitian Catholic church: after the baptism of Samogitia, the Samogitian Bishop resided in the town. Around 1414–1416 the first church was built, and c. 1464 the first cathedral.
With support of Merkelis Giedraitis, Mikalojus Daukša translated and made ready for publication Katechizmas, the first Lithuanian language book printed in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, then part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
It was also residence of Motiejus Valančius.
Varniai as depicted in Carta marina
Samogitian Diocese seat in Varniai
Bishops of Samogitia sarcophagus in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul basement
Merkelis Giedraitis Monument
Mikalojus Daukša Monument
Motiejus Valančius Monument
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