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Location: N55° 54` 39.9", E21° 50` 30.0"

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27 km west from Telšiai, the capital of Samogitia, Plungė invites you to plunge the history of the noble family Oginskiai. This is one of the most famous families of Lithuanian nobility nobles and princes of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) of the end of the 17th century. The family did a great influence on Lithuanian political and cultural life. The most famous of them was Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis. He is mainly known as the composer and the author of the famous polonaise "Farewell to the Fatherland”, the popular romances, mazurkas, waltzes, marches, the opera “Zelida and Valkūras or Bonaparte in Cairo”, the published four volumes of “Memoirs”, and the collection of essays "Letters about music”. At the same time, M.K.Oginski was a renowned state and political figure. 

1. Plungė Manor Park. Dukes Oginskiai Park is one of the largest (58.3 ha) parks in Lithuania located in a town. The best place in park is the Plungė manor ensemble. The Central Park is the location place of the architectural ensemble consisting of four buildings: the two-storey neo-style palace, two ancillary buildings of similar architecture and the stalls of neo-gothic style. 

2. The Thunderer oak grows in Oginskai Park in Plungė. The thickness of the Thunderer oak trunk is about 1.6 m, the diameter of the foliage is about 25 m. It is said that in pagan times the priestess Galinda was burning the sacred fire near the tree. One day her beloved rode to defend the homeland against the Crusaders and did not return. Galinda was mourning, the priest saw her distressed and taught her not to pour tears and said that only the holy fire can extinguish the earthly love. Once when Galinda was sobbing under the oak, Thunder hit it. The oak trembled and some ground fell into its trunk, where soon a very beautiful flower grew. Since that time, people called the oak Thunderer Oak.

3. Mykolas Oginskis Palace. Currently, the Museum of Samogitian Art is established in the Palace. And it is not by chance. All broad Oginskiai family were interested in various arts, including art, were collecting various works of art, some of them painted in their spare time. Perfectly preserved Plungė Oginskis manor ensemble is one of the most valuable architectural complexes of the Lithuanian estates. The Art Museum collects and exhibits works of Samogitian artists scattered all over the world, presents the Plunge estate and the history of Oginskiai family, reflects the cultural heritage and exhibits works of famous artists. 

4. The clock room-conservatory. This is a building of Duke Mykolas Oginskis Plunge manor ensemble (Zubovai castle), the state protected cultural heritage site with a refurbished mid-19th century clock, with a very rare mechanism and the preserved 19th century greenhouse seedlings growing line. In 2012, after the restoration of the building, the public library moved to the clock room. The library is exceptional, as it is located in a historic building. 

In Plungė you can also see Plungė Citizens honour bench in the Old Town Square, St. John the Baptist church, Plungė Lourdes, St. Florian monument, Freedom monument, and the pool of the Gondinga water-power plant.