AMBER ROAD IN LITHUANIA
 
Amber found at the Baltic Sea has long been highly appreciated and cherished. Seaside merchants were taking this stone also known as the “Lithuanian gold”, along the Amber Road to the farthest countries of Europe and Asia, even reaching Egypt. Today along the Amber Road, which once led to the Adriatic coast, you will find a tourist route stretching along the Baltic coast from Kaliningrad to Latvia.
 
Amber Road section in Lithuania
 
The important 98 km section of the Amber Road is stretching along the Lithuanian coast. Take a travel along it and visit the main tourist attractions, get familiar with the amber history, production, processing, and jewellery. When travelling, make sure to check out:
  • Mizgiris Amber Gallery-Museum in Nida. This museum located in the cosy seaside resort exhibits a large art collection of amber, where you can buy unique amber jewellery, made on the spot by local artists. The museum attracts by its amber collection glimmering with very wide palette of colours, and with the biggest piece of amber, as heavy as 2 kilograms.
  • Amber Bay in Juodkrante. In the nineteenth century, the world's biggest archaeological discovery of amber and the unique amber ware from the Neolithic period (3rd century BC) was found in this place. These findings are now in the collection of Professor R. Klebs, also known as the Juodkrante treasure. It is composed of more than 400 amber jewellery pieces, and particularly valuable human and animal amber figurines. The collection is on display at various exhibitions and its copy is in Palanga Amber Museum.
  • Lithuania Minor History Museum. It exhibits the amber finds from the 5th and 6th centuries, here you can learn the amber history, explore ancient amber beaded necklaces, which had once been used not only as jewellery, but also served as money.
  • Amber collection place in Karkle. Scientists say it is in this place, at Karkle village, that today you will find the most abundant amber in Lithuania. So do not be surprised to meet about 30 amber-catchers, slowly shambling along the beach and looking for amber splashed to the shore by the sea waves. Walk around – who knows, maybe you are lucky to find a drop of Lithuanian gold, too.
  • Amber Museum in Palanga. The museum was founded in the spacious count Tiskeviciai manor house, surrounded by 100 hectares of a very beautiful landscaped garden. The fifteen museum’s halls exhibit the most unique amber pieces found near the Baltic Sea, and amber items, introduces to the history of amber, its processing traditions, and host various exhibitions. One of the most exciting and largest museum’s exhibitions are amber inclusions. These are insects, wood splints and spores trapped in amber forever.
  • Open amber workshop in Palanga. Here, you can watch professional amber artisans going through the entire process of amber jewellery making, from raw material to a finished piece of art, and buy the amber pieces created here.
  • Samogitian Alka in Sventoji. It is believed that the Samogitian Alka in the coastal dunes is the only restored pagan “church” in Lithuania. Tourist attention here is drawn by the rites and rituals with amber dust sacrifice.
Where amber comes in handy
 
Although amber has no carats, it has always been highly valued and treasured and is also known as the “Lithuanian gold”. Everyone is fascinated about the unique jewellery, unusual artworks from amber, but amber is known also for stimulating, and health promoting properties. So, amber has long been used not only for adornment, but also to treat illness, or pains. Lithuanian ancestors used amber amulets to protect against evil powers, amber beads were given for kids to chew so their teeth would grow faster and be stronger.
Recently the amber therapy was revived again – by making infusions, preparations of succinic acid, oil or powder, or amber teas for healing and strengthening purposes. By its properties, this drink is equivalent to the famous Chinese tea.
 
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