Tatars – protectors of LithuaniaVyko: 2017 November 04 - 04 d.
As time passed and Lithuania grew, the power of it’s leaders grew too. Facing with more and more dangers all around, Great dukes of Lithuania needed soldiers who could protect them. Resulting in this in early 1397 Khan Tohtamysh together with his wife, sons (his eldest son Gelaledin helped Vytautas in the Battle of Grunwald in 1410), other relatives and loyal soldiers arrived in Lithuania. Vytautas settled Tohtamysh near Vilnius and rewarded him with lands. This settlement started what is now considered – the biggest Lithuanian Tatars community at Nemežis.
You may wonder who are Tatars. Their name originated from Turkic and Mongol tribes, that came in Europe during V-IX centuries. Most Tatars are Muslims. The first Tatar settlers came to Lithuania around XIII – XIV century, the time of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL), where rulers maintained close relations with the Golden Horde or Kipchak Destin – state of the Turkic and Mongol tribes united by the great Mongol military leader Genghis Khan’s grandson Batu Khan. By having this strong bond between two nations Tatars for a long time helped Lithuanians to protect borders from outside forces.
Due to such an historical importance, we welcome all you to discover this amazing community! But that’s not all, because during this trip we will visit Medininkų castle that is located really close to Belarus border.
Medininkai Castle consists of 4 towers and up to 15 m tall walls, and defensive ditch. Castle was built around the first half of the 14th century under the rule of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas (1316-1341). The castle was one of the defensive fortifications for the Lithuanian state with its capital city Vilnius against the aggression of Crusaders and Livonian order, and potential attacks from the East.
>> We will visit the traditional Tatars mosque in Nemėžis;
>> During the visit in the Tatars settlement, we will have lunch where you will be able to taste traditionally made dumplings, soups, Kibinai, Šimtalapis desert and traditional tea;
>> Visit in the Tatars settlement will finish by a bow firing competitive games (It will be a bit different from anything you ever tried as bow firing is really fast paced 🙂 );
>> After the Tatars settlement we will go to Medininkų castle;
>> In the castle we will have English guided tour to know more about history of this amazing place.
If you have any questions just write to us and we will answer as soon as possible.
Trip is organised under certificate No. 14559 issued by Lithuanian state department of tourism to conduct travel services inside Lithuania.
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