Trakai Days of ancient crafts
Location: Trakai (Lithuania)
Ancient crafts, war craft, and arts dating back to the 14th – 16th Centuries are on display at this event. Visitors are invited to attend various concerts, theatrical plays, educative games and workshops or relax in a bar.
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Since ancient times, the city of Trakai has been located not far from Vilnius, in a wonderful place of nature, which is full of lakes and constitutes a common theme of songs and poetry. This town is a witness of the Lithuanian Dukes’ times, as a long time ago Trakai was the capital of Lithuania. Right in the middle of Galvė Lake Island like a pearl of a rare beauty sits Trakai castle. Apart from its cultural heritage treasures Trakai glisters with its charming nature, too. A single walk on the shores of the lake surrounding the townwill help you to recuperate and ease your mind. Trakai is also known for the Crimean Karaites population living there.
In the late 14th century Vytautas the Great broughtKaraites and Tatars from Crimea and settled them here. Referring to the calculations, the population of Trakai is currently around 6 thousand, including only 60 Karaites. In this town you can visit the Karaite synagogue Kenesa as well as a unique ethnographic Karaite exhibition. Wooden Karaite houses have three windows facing the street. The legend says that one window is for God, another one for Vytautas, and the third one is for the people who live in that house. The Karaites have taught the Lithuanians to pickle cucumbers, but now they are famous for their traditional Karaite dish called “kibinas”.