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A History of "Our Lady of Trakai"

A History of "Our Lady of Trakai"

– Reverend Anthony Markus

In 1409, Vytautas built a church in his native Trakai in honor of the Visitation of Mary (feast was July 2, now is May 31). This church became famous for its portrait of Mary and Jesus, which tradition says was donated by Vytautas himself. The icon was given to him by the Emperor of Constantinople, Manuel Paeleologus II, as a present for becoming Christian. Legend says that this same icon was brought to Constantinople by the Emperor John II Comnenus, in 1118, after the defeat of the Persians

In Trakai, this picture soon became well-known for its miracles. This icon of the Mother of God is said to be the first and the oldest known in Lithuania for its miracles. Within forty years, many votives offeringsIn (medallions, hearts and body parts in silver) from grateful people covered the walls where the picture hung. Some miracles have been recorded; in 1645, the pastor then, Simonas Mankevicius announced that twenty-three miracles were attributed to the miraculous Madonna.

One miracle happened in 1643; a small boy drowned in Lake Galva, and the parents brought the child's body to the altar of the Madonna. Miraculously, the boy revived.

Reports of miracles at the church soon spread to White(Belanus) Russia, Ukraine and Prussia. Pilgrims soon started to appear from distant countries, seeking health for body and soul.

The title of "Protectress of Lithuania" was given to Our Lady of Trakai when, through her intercession, people survived a plague in 1603. Processions would be planned yearly from Vilnius to Trakai to seek intervention from the Mother of God.

During the war with Moscow in 1611, Queen Konstancija came to the Shrine to pray to Our Lady for King Zigmantas Vaza's safety and victory over the Russians. Victory ensued!


Half-day tour to Trakai

Trakai (4 hours tour) is one of the oldest Grand Duchy of Lithuania residence and capitals. Trakai is the second capital of Lithuania.

Tour to Kernave

Kernave village (4 hours tour) located on the banks of the river Neris (35 km from Vilnius) has been known as the capital of Lithuania before Trakai and Vilnius. 

Country life museum in Rumsiskes

Country life Open Air Museum of Lithuania (6 hours tour) is a unique and one of the largest (195 ha) open-air ethnographic museums in Europe.

Baltic Highlights



Jewish Heritage tour Lithuania

Lithuanian Medieval Tour



“Lithuanian beekeeping” Tour

Beer road



Bird watching tour in Lithuania

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Vilnius is a great place for pleasant strolls. It is green, full of cultural diversity and cozily compact. So compact, that in just a few dozen steps from the gallery, you find yourself in a park, followed by a baroque church, and off to the castle after a cup at the local cafe. Thus, in a short time you get to not just see, but also hear, touch, taste and tune into the soul of the city.

Is it just us, or are you already planning a weekend trip?

Get to know Vilnius from within.

Fly & Lease of campers in the Baltic.

Camper on the road

Take a tour and discover Baltics by yourself!

You will be able to travel comfortably throughout Baltic Sates in our campers, as passengers really may feel themselves like home and take any necessary stuff with them, even their most loved cup for coffee.
A virtue of motor homes is the possibility to be in the cabin in all companionship while going from place to place.
Moreover, you will be free as you will be independent from hotels and every evening you will be able to spend in any place you wish!

Prepaid individual transfer :

no trouble with money exchange upon arrival,
no need to take care oftaxi search,
no language problems !

The driver will wait for you at arrival hall with your name on the card, will help you with luggage and will safely transfer you to agreed place.
Please fill in the Transfer Reservation and we will contact you within 24 business hours with confirmation

KIA CARNIVAL  25 EUR (max 5 persons)                                                
MERCEDES-BENZ VIANO  35 EUR (max 7 persons)

per car only!