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Trakai is a historic city and lake resort in Lithuania. It lies 28 km west of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. Because of its proximity to Vilnius, Trakai is a popular tourist destination. Trakai is the administrative centre of Trakai district municipality. The town covers 11.52 km2 of area and, according to 2007 estimates, is inhabited by 5,406 people. A distinctive feature of Trakai is that the town was built and preserved by people of different nationalities. Historically, communities of Karaims, Tatars, Lithuanians, Russians, Jews and Poles lived here side by side.
Name of the town is first record in 1337 in chronicles as German: Tracken, later German: Traken; it is a derivative from the Lithuanian word trakai (singular: trakas meaning a glade in English). During the time of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the city was referred to as Troki in which is still the Polish name for the town.

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