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Mansion, Church & Monastery

Klaipeda, Lithuania

Mansion, Church & Monastery

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Explore the beauty and tragedy of Lithuania’s past and present during visits to Kretinga's Church of the Annunciation and monastery, and the historic mansion and museum of Count Tiskevicius.


A scenic drive takes you to Kretinga, a quaint little town north of Klaipeda. Upon arrival, you will visit the 17th-century Church of the Annunciation. On the grounds surrounding the church lie the Stations of the Cross. You will visit the church, and explore the cellars below. The adjoining Franciscan monastery combines Renaissance and Baroque elements. The Franciscan friars, who lived in the monastery, made a great contribution to education in Lithuania. They opened the first school, and later began publishing books and newspapers. The Franciscan monastery was closed by the Tsarist government, and again later in Soviet times. After Lithuania's declaration of independence in 1992, the Franciscans returned again. Today, they look after the church, and hold heavily-attended services. One of the brothers will lead your tour of the church if they are not at prayer.Drive through the center of Kretinga en route to Count Tiskevicius' 19th-century estate. This historic mansion houses a museum displaying spiritual and cultural treasures of Kretinga. During your visit you will see a collection of Lithuanian wooden art and countless pieces of equipment used in authentic Lithuanian living. You You will also learn about a tragic period in Lithuania's history when thousands of people, including the Franciscan monks from the monastery, were deported to Siberia soon after the Soviet occupation in 1940.


Today, the museum is also renowned for its beautiful winter garden, which showcases a wide variety of exotic plants from all over the world. Enjoy light refreshments served in an elegant café nestled amidst the tropical foliage.


Back in Klaipeda, enjoy an orientation drive before stopping in the Old Town for a stroll in the handicrafts and amber market.


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Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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