TRAKAI - JUNE 2008
Trakai, 28 km west of Vilnius and with a little bit more than five thousand inhabitants, is a historic city and a popular tourist resort by the lakes. A true melting pot, it has been home to people of different nationalities since the fourteenth century: Lithuanians, Poles, Russians, Karaims, Tatars, Jews...
"TRAKAI ISLAND CASTLE - On the shores of Lake Galvė, the «Little Marienburg» was started in the 14th century by Kęstutis, and completed by his son Vytautas the Great, who died in this castle in 1430. Only the lower parts of the walls, built with grey limestone, are historical, as the rest is the result of a major reconstruction project started in 1946 and finished in 1961"
"DUCAL PALACE with its 35m high donjon"
"CASTLE INNER YARD"
"A VIEW TO THE LAKE"
"PALACE INNER YARD - With wooden structures"
"BATTLE OF GRUNWALD - Jan Matejko's oil painting showing Vytautas, the Great, in command"
"VYTAUTAS, THE GREAT - Ruler of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from 1401 through 1430, he died in the Palace on October 27, 1430"
"KARAIM is a Russian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and Polish name for the community of ethnic Turkic adherents of Karaite Judaism in Eastern Europe. Originally from Crimea, Karaims were established in Lithuania and elsewhere in Europe from late medieval times"