Marija Drėmaitė, Viltė Migonytė-Petrulienė, Martynas Mankus, Vasilijus Safronovas
Neringa: An Architectural Guide
Neringa: An Architectural Guide tells the fascinating story of the Curonian Spit fishing villages, which have become Lithuania’s most prestigious holiday resorts.
Bathed by the sea and the lagoon, the Curonian Spit and its pine forests, white sandy beaches, dunes, small picturesque towns and wild nature attract tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year, in spite of an absence of luxury hotels or spas, seafront restaurants or attractions. What is the secret of Neringa’s allure? What has made it such an impressive and intriguing destination?
In this guide you will learn that before the Second World War the resort centre of the Curonian Spit was Juodkrantė, famous for its splendid villas, while Nida was a place where artists sought peace and quiet, and where the glider pilots, known as the ‘romantics of the air and the wind’, flew their gliders from the dunes. You will discover that the majority of the existing holiday homes were built in the Soviet era, when pure modernist architecture was replaced by more regionalist architecture, and that remarkably, little has been built since Lithuania regained its independence in 1990.
In Neringa: An Architectural Guide you will find:
> the histories of 94 buildings and architectural objects, illustrated with photographs and drawings
> detailed introductory texts written by renowned historians and architectural researchers – Vasilijus Safronovas, Marija Dremaitė, Viltė Migonytė-Petrulienė and Martynas Mankus.
> maps of the towns with objects of interest marked
Translated by: Jeremy Hill
Format/pages: paperback / 272 pages