On 23rd February 2012, the staff and guests of Tomasz Kopoczyński’s law firm travelled in time – mostly to the nineteenth century, and in terms of space – to the current Baltic areas in Lithuania.
They were transported to Palanga – a resort with beautiful architecture and a beautiful vision of its creators. The journey was led by Małgorzata Omilanowska PhD, art historian, scholar of several Polish and foreign scientific institutions, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the author of a book “Nadbałtyckie Zakopane. Połąga w czasach Tyszkiewiczów” (“ The Baltic Zakopane. Palanga at the times of the Tyszkiewicz family”).
The fascinating story told by our guest presented the rise, development and decline of the Palanga resort created by the Tyszkiewicz family from Poland, a beautifully situated place on the shores of the Baltic Sea where, outside purely recreational activities, an extensive therapy with the use of sea water was carried out. Małgorzata Omilanowska told us how she got to know Palanga, described the unusual sea water treatment and, above all, focused on the architecture of the town which has currently more than twenty thousand inhabitants.
The participants of the lecture were completely surprised by the fact that the architectural concept was formed by a French architect, Eduard Andre, the most prominent specialist in the field of landscape architecture of those times, as well as the famous German architect, Franz Schwechten.
Małgorzata Omilanowska completed her interesting scientific considerations with the history of the two nations’ coexistence, the problems of developing Polish culture in Lithuania and with describing the customs of Polish gentry in the nineteenth century.