Elegant form palace was built in 1897. The park near this palace was created already in 1848 and, I should tell, at this moment it is the most beautiful park in Lithuania. Park was made by project of famous French park architecture designer Andre. He is a creator of numerous parks in Europe and some of them also exist in Lithuania.
Palace at the moment houses museum of amber, one of biggest of this kind in the World.
Mini temple of St Maria, hewed in one rock, near a mount, where Lithuanian pagans offered prayers for gods of the Sun, the Moon, the Thunderer and from as early as 7th century.
People come here to pray, sometimes mass takes place here.
Jurate and Kastytis stands just near the sea, in J. Basanavicius street. Sculpture was presented here still in Soviet times.
Why these people are so important? The names comes from a tale and Jurate, a Godess of the sea, a mermaid, and Kastytis, active fishermen. He was disturbing Jurate due too much finishing, she appeared on sea bank ... and fallen in love with Kastytis. They lived together is sea's castle, but angry God of Thunder (Perkunas) struck the castle. The building was from amber, so even today we could find amber peaces of castle.
First church was built here in end of 16th century instead of Protestant one. Later, in 1767 it was rebuilt as a wooden, anyway, the end of 19th century was a time to a new one, more strong church, brick building. The same neo - Gothic church stands here nowadays.
Take your time to go inside to see nice interior. This church is one of landmarks of Palanga, probably highest building here.
Jono Basanaviciaus street in Palanga is a main street, like boulevard to the sea. Even in some songs it is mentioned as a place for never-ending parties and attractions. The name was given in a honnor of J. Basanavicius, who visited resort in 1923. Before it was used to call it "Tiskevicius boulevard".
Place is full of shops, restaurants, clubs, here you can find some nice wooden architecture.
First time a pier was built already in 1589 by English (got permission from Polish - Lithuanian king). Anyway, in the second half in 19th century, it was built again as wooden, at first also for port purposes, and later left just for relax purposes. Nowadays it is one of the main tourist atraction in Lithuanian seaside.
Cemetery of Soviet soldiers is just not so far from the crossroad of Basanaviciaus and Vytauto streets - I could tell, two main streets of Palanga.
As most Lithuanian towns was touched by Second World War, Palanga is not a exception also. Some soldiers, who fought at Russian Red army was buried here. At the moment place is restored, and is a relict of that huge war.
Jonas Basanavicius sculpture is standing not for so long at the very begining of the same name main Palanga street. Jonas Basanavicius was one of main personalities, who lit the light for Lithuanian Independence in February 18 of 1918. He was a founded of "Ausra" newspaper, that was talking about national ideals, heroes, language, culture, separating Lithuanians from aggressors of that time (mainly Czarist Russia).
Did you hear what is Lithuanian gold amber! This gemstone comes from the depths of the sea after stormy nights.If you're lucky to be at the seaside and not too lazy to get up early in the morning after stormy night you may find and gather them.Just you, seagulls, the early morning sun, awesome nature, sand and sea, with some early strangers passing by...
me ..hmmm.. and the legend
The legend about amber: there was a mermaid named Jurate (Jura in Lith - the sea),and a fisherman named Kastytis.Jurate was very a beautiful girl living in the palace from amber in the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The God Perkunas (The Thunder) felt in love with her and asked her to play to him every evening. The fishermen felt in love with Jurate , she felt in love with him and didn't show up to play for Perkunas one day. The thunder God got mad,he has let an arrow of lightening into her home and this destroyed her amber palace. So now, every morning after the thunderstorm the waves brings to the shore the remains of the palace from the depths of the sea and reminds about big love of Kastytis and Jurate. That's the legend!
You will find many amber souvenirs on sale every day in Palanga, hangers, rings, earrings, small sculptures, pictures anything you like! If you decide to buy amber and looking for something really professionally made I'd suggest going to the folk craft store. We were looking for a special hanger for one friend and that's where we found the one we really loved.
There are four reasons I go to Palanga (it is 25 km from my home) :
1. Concerts in Ramybe or Vandenis clubs or on terrace of Amber museum
2. SPA in Vanagupe hotel
3. Walking on the main streets or wonderfull park
This Wednesday the 30th of June 2010 two Australian bands will play at Vandenis, Palanga: The Queen's Head (www.thequeensheadonline.com) and Antarctica (www.myspace.com/loveantarctica). Both are extremely worth seeing this summer as they tour around Europe.
The Queen's Head is a new project by Danny Griffith from the Album of the Year nominated band SubAudible Hum. It is a mixture of hip hop beats, wall of sound keyboards and guitar, and crooner vocals - the combination "makes great party"!!!!
Antarctica are a tight bundle of airy guitars, synths, dirty bass and dirtier vocals. Get into it!!
This sculpture is made in 1960 by Lithuanian sculptor Robertas Antinis.This is one of most visited sculptures and almost every family in Lithuania have the picture of their children near this sculpture.
Egle and Grass-snake are the main characters in one of oldest Lithuanian fairy-tale.
Palanga park is one of the most beautiful scenery parks in the Lithuania. It was founded by count F. Tiškevičius in 1895-1898. The author of project was famous at the time French scenery architect Edward Fransua Andrė. Belgian gardener Buyssens de Coulon supervised the work of Park foundation. It is thought that approximately 500 miscellaneous species and forms of rare trees and bushes grew in the park at that time. In 1960 a state establishment - Palanga botanical park - was founded on its basis. At the present moment the park occupies the area of 86 ha. The park is in the area of calm rest in Palanga resort.
Located in the heart of beautiful botanical park this museum if the finest piece of architecture in Palanga. It is also worth to visit the amber exposition inside.It is housed on the estate of Count Feliksas Tiskevicius. The exposition of Palanga Amber Museum takes up 15 rooms. About 4500 exhibit pieces are found here.
The Museum is becoming famous for its traditional cultural events. For more than 30 summers now the terrace has been home to the Night Serenade concerts. Interesting cultural events and meetings with artists take place in the Fireplace Hall of the estate.
Botanical park is a very relaxed, with beautiful sceneries and fullfiled with romance. You can observe many weddings there. They are coming to take the pictures, as the scenary for this is really wonderful.
There are also pools with swans and ducks, people often feed them (with white bread), so they are not afraid of people. You can even see families of swans. Attention when the mother is with litte swans, if you come too close and the male swan is around - he's quite gelous and express his anger in an obvious way with anger. Swans live in pairs, families. they are faitful till the end of their lifes unless one partner dies. There are a lot of duck too, kids love them!