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New Trakai – The City Established on Islands

New Trakai was the residence of Lithuanian Grand Dukes. In 1341-1342 Lithuanian Grand Duke Kestutis moved the residence from Old to New Trakai. Old Trakai, therefore, lost its defensive importance [...]

Karaites of New Trakai

Upon returning from battle in the Crimea, Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas settled the Karaites, both soldiers, and civilians (a total of 383 families) in a free area of the town of New Trakai between the two castles (the Peninsula Castle and the Island Castle) in 1398 [...]

Lithuania – Geographical Center of Europe

In 1992 the French National Geography Institute carried out new calculations, according to which, the geographical centre of Europe is located 25 km to the North from Lithuania's capital Vilnius [...]