Monastery is located just near the church, a little bit hidden. As Kretinga was one of major centres of Lithuanian Franciscans, it was built as their main living location. Monastery was constructed, as church, in beginning of 17th century. Building is a mix of Renaissance and baroque, here is also Lourdes, but I haven't found it.more
Brick Lutheran church was built just at the same square as Catholic church. Square is called "City hall square", as in old times there was such type building, later simply destroyed. This church was built in 1896 - 1899. It is a fact, that West and North Lithuania was also place of Lutheran minority people, who built their own churches, so Kretinga...more
Wooden sundial is a part of Kretinga botanical garden that is one of the biggest in Lithuania. Sundial shows an old way how to fix time and know about astrology of older time.At first it was hard to recognize strange objects around spacious territory, but later investigated it and read in travel guide.more
Kretinga cemetery and its neo Gothic chapel is one of the landmarks. Few centuries ago cemetery was called "Church cemetery" and used to bury famous people. In end of 19th century brick wall was built, cemetery was separated by Vilniaus street. Chapel is engineered by Swedish origin architect Carl Strandman. Nowadays it houses only a few bodies of...more
Kretinga park and minor is known from 17th century, it was possession of landowner Zubov. In the second half of the 19th century it was bought by Juozapas Tiskevicius, he converted park and palace to a style that survived these days. Only Soviet times were bad for this place, till time (1992) when everything was taken over by Kretinga museum....more
This church is quite famous in Lithuanian seaside region, as it is quite historical, spacious, and high. Summer weekend time is wedding time here. It was built in very beginning of 17th century by landowner of Kretinga Karolis Chodkevicius. He was well known general, who won battle against Swedes (Salaspils).Church was constructed in Renaissance...more
Water mill stands just after you cross Vilniaus street from Tiskeviciai palace side. First mill in Kretinga is known from 16th century, later in end of 18th century this one was build, but after almost 100 years it was highly modernized and was known as first hydroelectric power station in Lithuania. Nowadays it housed a museum of mill objects and...more
Orvidu sodyba is a private museum. Kazimieras Orvidas was the foundator of this museum. Together woth his son Kazimieras transported stones and trees with interesting shapes into his grange and created various sculptures and monuments from them. After the death of the grange owner, his son also named Kazimieras took care of the place. He was a monk...more
Visiting Kretinga took about half of the day, so I decided also to turn to any restaurant - bar for a snack. Actually I visited "Grifas" just not so far from Catholic church.
I ate carbonate (pork meat) with potatoes and vegetables, also drunk a cup of green tea. The price of it was about 4 Euros. Place was cosy, also personnel was nice.
I was using car traveling to Sventoji. The route from Vilnius was enlarged, as I wanted also to see Nemunas bank small towns (Veliuona, Vytenai...). In other case, it is just possible to go Vilnius - Kaunas - Klaipeda autobahn, later take road to North through Palanga. As it is really suggested to know, summer weather in Lithuania is not always good for being near the sea, so I decided to take day-trip to Kretinga.
I believe to go there by bus is possible also, but Palanga - Kretinga route has better connection.
Although Orvidu sodyba was destroyed several times during soviet times, it was renovated again and again. maybe in a memory of this you'll see a big tank near the entrance to this theme park.
Palanga is so called summer capital of Lithuania. Big number of Lithuanian families is ready to visit Palanga every summer.First official mentioning of Palanga goes back from middle of 13th century in German Order writings. For long time it was just a small port, but from first half of 19th century land comes to landowners Tiskeviciai hands, they...more
First settlement in Sventoji is known as far as 5000 years back. As a port it was already used in 12th century. Nowadays is a nice seaside town, more silent and cheaper than Palanga. Here you could see modern church, "monkey" bridge. It is a place mostly known not for sightseeing, but just relaxing near the sea.Sventoji is about 26 kilometres from...more
It's important to know the opening hours for not to drive there and come back without seeing anything just gates into this place. So, you can visit Orvidu sodyba:During a year: Wednesday - Sunday from 10 to 19 hr.From June all summer: Tuesday - Sunday from 10 to 19 hr.The ticket costs:for adults – 4 Lt; schoolchildren, students, pensioners – 2 Lt.more