In 1997 the Karaim community in Lithuania celebrated the six-hundredth anniversary of its presence in the Baltic area. This last, relatively intact Karaim community, the smallest of Lithuania's minorities, has lived geographically isolated from the other members of the great Turkic language family, surrounded by speakers of Slavic and Baltic languages. They still speak their own language, retain their belief in the Old Testament and maintain their customs, showing an unrivalled perseverance.
Their home is situated on a picturesque peninsula in Trakai (Polish Troki), a little town in the middle of a marvellous water-landscape of more than ten lakes located about thirty kilometres from the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. This is Lithuania's 'historic national park'.