As Lithuania happens to be on the Baltic coast, the birth place of this unique gift of pre-ice-age pine trees – amber, you will find yourself at the beginning of the European Amber Route leading as far as the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
Take an unforgettable journey to the world of Amber, which can take you back 50 million years ago. You will see an amber road, presented in an original and artistic way: drops of amber rolling down the pine or enormous creatures which walked in amber trees forest as well as natural amber pieces caught by Lithuanian amber fishermen in the stormy Baltic Sea. The most valuable exhibit is a lizard in the amber piece. There are only few such inclusions in the world!
The main excursion and workshop will take place at the Art Center of Baltic Amber (Mykolo str. 12), where you will find yourself surrounded by the cultural layers of Vilnius dating back to 15th century as well as various archeological findings and authentic ceiling paintings.
There is a special sanctum, which tells us about ritual places of pagans and the rites. Amber was very important part of these rituals. It is believed that amber could pacify raging gods, make dreams and expectations come true…
During the workshop you will try the archaic amber processing tools and make your own amber amulet – a sunny memory from Lithuania!
After the workshop you are invited to visit next door Amber gallery by yourself. Here you will get down to the cobblestone courtyard of the Medieval pottery to find the fingerprints of the ancient Balts in the restored amulets of famous Juodkrantė treasure, reflecting the beliefs dating back forty centuries.
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