Take a tour of Trakai Island Castle in Vilnius, Lithuania — part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.
Built in three distinct phases, Trakai Island Castle outside Vilnius, Lithuania, dominates a small island on Lake Galve.
The castle was built in the 14th century by a Lithuanian monarch, as his new primary residence and treasury.
The castle suffered interminable damage during its first phase and was besieged twice after the assassination of its patron monarch.
During the second part of construction, a chapel, an interior yard, and more defense structures were added.
The foundation of the structure is primarily made of stone, while more accessible parts are made of red Gothic brick, giving it a Gothic and Romanesque look.
The walls were made thicker during the third phase and the castle became a fortress and prison.
In the aftermath of WWII, a significant reconstruction of the castle was undertaken, which led to it now being open to visitors year round.