Elektrėnai is one of the newest towns of Lithuania, having been established during theSoviet times as the living space for workers of the nearby power plant. The name of the new town was derived from word “elektrinė” (English: electric plant). Most of the buildings in Elektrėnai are large monolith housing projects built during the Soviet times and there are no historical buildings. The town, however, is close to Elektrėnai Lagoon, an artificial lake that was created in order to cool down the Elektrėnai Power Plant. The water is several degrees warmer than water at the other nearby lakes.
Elektrėnai is well known for its ice hockey tradition. For a rather long period of time Elektrėnai was the only city in Lithuania with a well-equipped skating rink. Two NHLplayers – Darius Kasparaitis and Dainius Zubrus – were born in the town and trained byAleksey Nikiforov, a famous coach who currently resides in Long Island. Its local ice hockey team, Energija, play in the Latvian league. Inhabitants of Elektrėnai make up a considerable part of the national ice hockey team.
Elektrėnai municipality secures about 36 cultural heritage objects, 19 cultural monuments, 13 objects included into cultural worth registry. So, tourists and visitors have what to see and visit – for sure.
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