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

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