Educational programme length: 2 hours; group size: 15–45 (advance reservation is necessary) For those with disabilities, access is not convenient.
620 years ago, at the invitation of Vytautas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania, several hundred noble Tatar families settled in Trakai, Vilnius, Švenčionys and near Alytus. The village of Raižiai, in which Tatars also settled, was established at the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century. Although only 32 Tatars live here today, there once were about 200. The mosque, built in 1889, bears witness to the fact that more Tatars once lived in Raižiai. The contribution of the Tatars to the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania is highlighted by the monument to the Grand Duke Vytautas and by two sundials, one showing local time, the other showing the time in Grunwald (a village in northern Poland), encouraging visitors to remember the bravery shown by the Tatars in the Battle of Grunwald in 1410 (also known as the Battle of Tannenberg, or Žalgiris). No less interesting is the Tatar culinary heritage. Every Lithuanian has probably tasted dumplings (koldūnai), turnovers (čeburekai) or the hundredleaf cake (šimtalapis), but not everybody realises that these are all traditional Tatar dishes. The Tatars of Raižiai serve dumplings with horseradish, and not only bake a sweet hundred-leaf cake, but also use goose meat in it as an ingredient. The community graciously welcomes visitors; not only do they tell you how to make the hundred-leaf cake, but they bake more of it than you can eat, so visitors have something to take home and to share with family and friends.
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