Sunday, April 26, 2009

Trakai Island Castle

Isn't this card beautiful? Trakai Island Castle is located outside Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Building on the castle began in the 14th century and was overseen by Grand Duke Kęstutis. The castle received serious damage by the Teutonic Knights in 1377. Additions were made over the following century. Following the Battle of Grunwald, the castle lost its importance as a fortress and was converted into a residence. Frescoes were added; redecoration occurred periodically. The castle was damaged during war in the 17th century, and fell into disrepair until the early 20th century. Now it's a major tourist attraction. I encourage you to visit the video below to get a better look at the place!


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