Crossroads of the Nations, Kedainiai, a multicultural pearl in rural Lithuania

  • 2008-02-25
Didyou hear the one about the Jew, the Arian and the Scot? No, thisisn’t the start of a bad taste joke, but it puts the history of oneof Lithuania’s most unusual towns in a nutshell. Kedainiai,home to 32,000 people and located about 40 kilometers north ofKaunas, is a bit of a provincial backwater these days. But thingsweren’t always like that – a few centuries ago it was animportant center with amazing religious and ethnic diversity.Originallya small village of fishermen and farmers, Kedainiai began expandingin the mid 15th century when several important trade routes...
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