The Versailles of Lithuania – Plateliai Manor
This is where French spirit reigns, dating back to the times when the manor belonged to the illustrious Choiseul-Gouffier family, and the renowned novelist Sophie de Choiseul-Gouffier, née Tyzenhaus, wrote there in French. Plateliai Manor has always been an important centre of Samogitian culture, politics and agriculture. Today the manor is carrying out the mission of preserving and passing down the culture of the Samogitian region. The manor’s refurbished granary houses modern exhibitions dedicated to nature and the history of Plateliai, the manor and the region. Heritage seminars and folk artist workshops are also held here. What was once the manor stables now houses the only carnival mask museum in the world, featuring more than 300 traditional masks. Meanwhile, the Centre for Traditional Crafts is located in the manor cellar, where visitors can find looms, wood carving chisels, a forge and even a bread oven. Those who are looking for something more active can look for protected plants or watch bats in the manor park, bike around Lake Plateliai or jump in for a swim, or go hiking on the trails of Žemaitija Regional Park.