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According to legend, Vytautas the Great banned women from entering the Trakai Island Castle under penalty of death.

I read it in Russian, it is called "The Horse of knyaz Vytautas". The plot is basically that one winter was particularly snowy and lake Galve was about to flood karaims farm fields. So karaims sent delegation to knyaz to ask for advise and there was a bit of hesitation whether or not to include women in the delegation since (literally) "женщин впускать в замок было запрещено под угрозой смертной казни." The solution knyaz found was very efficient albeit quite fantastic - he let his horse drink water until the threat of flooding subsided

Did that really happen, and if so, what was the reason for the ban?

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Are we talking about the Old Trakai (Vytautas birthplace, destroyed in 1391) or the Trakai Island Castle (where Vytautas died)? –  Yannis Rizos Jun 1 '13 at 7:52
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Where did you find such a legend? –  Darek Wędrychowski Jun 1 '13 at 8:06
    
@ Darek Wędrychowski: I read it in Russian, it is called "The Horse of knyaz Vitautas". The plot is basically that one winter was particularly snowy and lake Galve was about to flood karaims farm fields. So karaims sent delegation to knyaz to ask for advise and there was a bit of hesitation whether or not to include women in the delegation since (literally) "женщин впускать в замок было запрещено под угрозой смертной казни." The solution knyaz found was very efficient albeit quite fantastic - he let his horse drink water until the threat of flooding subsided. –  Anvar Jun 1 '13 at 18:10
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@Anvar Ah, then we're talking about the Trakai Island Castle (the old one is not on a lake). –  Yannis Rizos Jun 1 '13 at 22:55
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I'm a bit confused what the horse's drinking habits has to do with women and castles. –  Mark C. Wallace Jun 3 '13 at 14:20
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