Jonava

Jonava region is one of the smallest in Lithuania. Located in center Lithuania, Kaunas district, Jonava city occupies territory of 10,6 square kilometers where more than 34 000 inhabitants live. Neris river, well developed street net, beautiful parks, ponds and ”Achema” factory are the words best describing Jonava city nowadays.

History

Jonava city started formatting near the Skaruliai estate in the 17th century. When the estate accrued to Dominikas Kosakovskis, he established a settlement here and names it under the name of his own son Jonas. That’s also the main version of the origin of Jonava name. in the 18th century, Kosakovskiai family built here palace, first wooden church, the monastery of Marians was opened.

These new buildings formed the center of Jonava city which also attracted other people to come and settle here form neighbor villages. In the end of 19th century about a half of citizens of Jonava were Jews. Actives purchasing tooks place here as Neris river was a great communication way. Considering the geographic situation of Jonava city, it was really good for further economical development. In 1835 a very important new road was blazed through the city connecting Sankt Peterburg and Warsaw. In the endof 19th century, about 3000 inhabitants lived there most doing for trading. The navigation down Neris river became meaningless when the railroad was blazed nearby connecting Liepaja and Lentvaris. But this only helped for local economic to spread even more. Huge fairs were arranged, shops and markets were opened. In 1912 the match factory was here opened. The First World War did not really damaged the city, only stopped its further development. However, the Second World War did not bypassed it. During the Second World War Jonava lost many inhabitants and property. The city was partly destroyed. However, it regain strengths pretty soon. In 1947 a furniture factory was opened, Jonava became the region center. In 1962 the nowadays famous factory of nitrogen manure (now called “Achema”) was officially established. Since then one by another new companies, institutions and buildings appeared in the city most of them successfully working till nowadays.

Nowadays

Despite the fact that city was built without any plans and measurements, today everybody agrees that setout of main objects in Jonava is just perfect. Educational, cultural, sport and market places are in comfortable positions and creates great circumstances for daily life. Although the historical Jonava city center was built up in living blocks of flats, public offices and industrial objects, there are still some meaningful remains of historical heritage there. An exceptional historical building is the complex of Past Horse Post where now the Museum of Jonava is established, barrows Skaruliai village, Žeimiai estate, the homestead of famous dramatist P. Vaičiūnas where the museum is now opened, several monuments reminding historic people, beautiful church of St. Jacob, number of mounds on coasts of Neris and Šventoji rivers. The city is famous for its celebrations, especially, the annual Lithuanian Jonines fest, 24th June. Jonava is called the capital of all Jonas and Janina in Lithuania (Jonas is a very popular Lithuanian name) thus the Jonines fest attract thousands of people from all over Lithuania. Business field is well developed there as business conditions there are very favourable. Pretty cheap living and labor force, good geographic location and engineering infrastructure enlist investments.

Visiting Jonava could be useful for tourism and business purposes. Investing in the region where studious, keen-witted and open hearted people work always pays dividends.