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Venezuela has a city named after St. Casimir, the only Lithuanian saint and the patron saint of Lithuania. The city, known as San Casimiro de Güiripa, has been established in 1783. The naming is not directly related to Lithuania and owes more to the fact that the cities of the Catholic Spanish Empire were often named after saints. That said, St. Casimir is quite little known in the West and there are no other large cities named after him. The city festival is on St. Casimir day (4th of March), therefore coinciding with the traditional St. Casimir fair of Vilnius.

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