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LITHUANIA MINOR ( MAZOJI LIETUVA) CURONIAN SPIT NATIONAL PARK LITHUANIA A NEW DISCOVERY Lithuanian book, the  rst Lithuanian grammar, and the  rst book of collected songs were printed here. The most archaic part of the land's heritage is represented by wooden folk architecture. Houses are distinguished by impressive decorations such as ornamentally carved weathervanes. and Juodkrante. Neringa's beaches are also internationally recognised and have been awarded with the blue ³ ag. A pedestrian and bicycle path along the lagoon runs past  shermen's houses converted into summer holiday homes. Visitors can climb Parnidis Dune ( looming 52m above Nida) with its sundial clock and calendar or walk among the wooden folk sculptures on Raganu kalnas ( Witches' Hill). The Nobel Prize- winning writer, Thomas Mann ( 1875- 1955) was so fascinated by " the fantastic world of wandering sand dunes" that he bought a summer house and spent three summers there. More information: www. nerija. lt/ en The region of Lithuania Minor covers the western part of Lithuania including the Curonian Spit, Klaipeda District and Nemunas Delta. From the 16th century until 1918 the current Kaliningrad region ( Russian Federation) was also named Lithuania Minor and it is the birthplace of written Lithuanian: the  rst The Curonian Spit is the pearl of Lithuania and Europe, the Mecca for artists and a recreational oasis for everyone looking for peace. The Curonian Spit is of exceptional beauty, a unique and peculiar patch of land designed by nature and supervised by man. Its landscape is composed of sand dunes, rare greenery, linden and pine trees growing in sandy soil. The Curonian Spit National Park was created in 1991 to preserve the dunes, lagoons and surrounding area and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Neringa resort founded in the Curonian Spit National Park is one of the most beautiful resorts in the Baltic Sea region. It consists of Alksnyne farmstead and four settlements: Nida, Preila, Pervalka

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