Senieji Trakai

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Senieji Trakai (literally: Old Trakai, Polish: Stare Troki) is a historic Lithuanian village located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) east of Trakai. According to the Lithuanian census of 2011, it has 1,396 inhabitants – Lithuanians, Poles and Russians.[1] The Saint Petersburg–Warsaw Railway passes through Senieji Trakai.

Senieji Trakai
The church and cloister built on the remains of the old castle
The church and cloister built on the remains of the old castle
Coat of arms of Senieji Trakai
Coat of arms
Senieji Trakai is located in Lithuania
Senieji Trakai
Senieji Trakai
Location of Senieji Trakai
Coordinates: 54°37′N 24°58′E / 54.617°N 24.967°E / 54.617; 24.967Coordinates: 54°37′N 24°58′E / 54.617°N 24.967°E / 54.617; 24.967
Country Lithuania
CountyVilnius County
MunicipalityTrakai district municipality
EldershipSenieji Trakai eldership
Capital ofSenieji Trakai eldership
Lithuania's capital transferred from Kernavė1321
 • Total1,396
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The central part of the village is proclaimed an architectural reserve. The main street is dominated by uniform wooden houses, facing it with two-windowed sides.


The Trakai name, derived from Lithuanian: trakas - "the glade", suggests that the castle was built in a hollow area after deforestation.


Grand Duke GediminasEdit

Sometime before 1321, Grand Duke Gediminas transferred the capital of Lithuania from Kernavė to Trakai (today's Senieji Trakai) and erected his brick castle. In 1337 it became a seat of the newly established Duchy of Trakai.

Grand Duke KęstutisEdit

Gediminas' son Kęstutis erected a new castle in New Trakai (today's Trakai). Kęstutis' son Vytautas was born in Old Trakai ca. 1350.

Destruction by the Teutonic Order in 1391Edit

The castle in Senieji Trakai was destroyed by the Teutonic Order in 1391.

Grand Duke VytautasEdit

The ruins of the castle were gifted to Benedictine monks by Vytautas in 1405. It is supposed that the present monastery building dating from the 15th century incorporates the remains of the Gediminas' castle.


  1. ^ "2011 census". Statistikos Departamentas (Lithuania). Retrieved August 17, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)