The Amber Museum is housed in the neo-renaissance palace built by Count Felix Tiskevicius in 1897. The palace was designed by the German architect Franz Schwechten and was restored in 1957 according to plans by the architect Alfredas Brusokas. The Amber Museum was opened August 3, 1963 as a branch of the Lithuanian Museum of Fine Arts. Currently the museum includes 15 rooms with expositions that cover about 750 sq.m. The collection includes about 28 000 items. The palace is connected to a chapel that houses moving exhibitions.
 
Built in 1869 by the architect K. Majeris, the construction of this chapel was promoted by the Palanga parish priest K. Steponavicius. The current chapel replaced a cross and a wooden chapel in the honor of St. Jurgis. In even earlier pagan times our ancestors used the hill as an observatory. Since 1976 stained-glass windows, designed by the artist Liudas Pocius, decorate the chapel. The Lurdas lies at the foot of the hill.
 
The second floor of the administrative building houses the orangery. During high season flower and art exhibits (mostly ceramics) take place here. This building is located in the park's nursery area, in the south-east of the park next to the small terrace.
 
The rotunda (a band stage) was built in 1927. In Count Tiskevicius' times, orchestras from Palanga and elsewhere played here almost every night, attracting many guests. After the Second World War, attempts were made to revive this tradition, but the rotunda never achieved its earlier popularity and gradually fell into disuse. The rotunda was rebuilt in 1997.
 
After the construction of the park was finished, Count Tiskevicius' wife Antanina decided to build the Lurdas. All the stones used are unprocessed and are held together by cement. A statue of the Virgin Mary used to stand in a niche of the Lurdas. During the revival of the Lithuanian nation, Vilius Orvydas donated a stone sculpture of the Virgin Mary that stands in the Lurdas to this day.
 
The park information center, a souvenir shop, and a flower shop selling plants raised in the Palanga nurseries are all located in this building. This guardhouse was built in Count Tiskevicius' time next to the main entrance to the park (there are 12 entrances in all).
 
This sculpture was created by the artist Konstancija Petrikaite-Tiuliene and erected in 1965. It stands on a stone at the foot of Birute's hill - the symbolic eternal resting place of Princess Birute. The sculpture bears the inscription "For you, Birute."
 
"Rebeka" ("Woman Carrying Water"), by the French sculptor Hubert Louis-Noel, originally stood in the Vilkenas palace park (Silute region). The sculpture found its new home around 1983 and was restored by the Pranas Gudynas restoration and conservation center. A copy still stands in the Vilkenas park where the original used to be.
 
This terrace was originally Count Tiskevicius' garden: the south side was enclosed by glass and the north by a wall. The garden also used to be fenced it. The terrace's appearance has changed many times. Two old pedestals of sculptures remain as well as remnants of an old fountain. Since no photographs of the original garden have been found, it is difficult to recreate the terrace in its original form.
 
This monument, designed by the sculptor Steponas Sarapovas and the architect Algis Knyva, is in the north of the park, to the right of the main park entrance near Dariaus and Gireno street. The sculpture stands on the Jaunimo hill. This spot is an ancient Baltic burial mound where Jewish people were later buried.
 
This is one of the most popular sights of the park and one of the prettiest and best-known sculptures in Lithuania. Egle stands near the main entrance and was created by the sculptor Robertas Antinis (the older) and the architect Alfredas Palauskas.
 
This sculpture by Stasys Zirgulis stands across from the Tiskevicius palace, on the botanical garden's large terrace . It is a reproduction of an earlier statue that was probably brought to the park from Paris at the turn of the century. The original was destroyed after World War II by the Soviet rulers. The new statue was designed according to old photographs and was blessed by the bishop of Telsiai, Antanas Vaicius, on June 14, 1993.
 
This memorial is located in the newer, southeast half of the park, near a path that follows the dunes in the direction of Klaipeda. You will find the following inscription in Hebrew and Lithuanian on a large stone of pink granite: "Here in the dunes of the southern part of this forest Nazi executioners and their local helpers brutally murdered 105 Jews in 1941. May this be a holy memorial to the innocent victims." This memorial was erected around 1989 at the sight of mass executions.
 
This wooden statue by the local sculptor Julius Vertulis was erected in 1974. It is located next to Meiles aleja not far from "Vaidilutes" caf and Birute's hill.
 
This oak was planted in honor of Antanas Smetona, president of Lithuania (1926-1939) and leader of the Tautininkai Party, known to many as the People's Leader.
In 1934 the Palanga branch of the Tautininkai planted an oak tree at the foot of Birute's hill in honor of Antanas Smetona. When the tree was planted, the organizers, including the mayor of Palanga, Jonas Sliupas, placed a letter addressed to future generations under the roots of the tree. The capsule with the letter has not been uprooted to this day and the oak of the People's Leader adds to the beauty of the park. Not far from this oak, the leaders of the Baltic states planted a birch tree in honor of Baltic friendship in 1936, but this tree no longer exists.

Photos by Danute Mukiene, Juozas Baltiejus, Kazimieras Urbonavicius

  

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