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Back in 19th century, the currently popular J. Basanavičius street was called the Tiškevičius Boulevard. However, during the interwar period, when J. Basanavičius visited Palanga, the people of the town renamed the Tiškevičius Boulevard in the honour of Lithuania’s patriarch, thus creating the famous J. Basanavičius street.
J. Basanavičius street is a home for the last survinving authentic villas reminiscent of the times of Counts Tiškevičius. This also is the main street leading to the symbol of Palanga resort - the Sea Bridge. Back in the past the street was unpaved, sandy, and hard to walk on. Holidaymakers were able to drive to the bridge with a "konkė" - a horse-drawn vehicle that was running on rails. Since 1892, the sea bridge has become the favorite place for walks for both the residents and visitors of the town. The length of the current bridge, built in 1998, is 470 m. Here you can listen to the roar of the sea, the shout of seagulls, and in the evening you can comfortably sit on the benches and enjoy the sun setting in the sea.
In the square nearby the Sea Bridge stands a sculpture “Jūratė and Kastytis” (sculptor Nijolė Gaigalaitė), which has become a symbol of the resort and is famous for its love legend.
- Marius Morkūnas (Marius Dizaineris)