Nesvizh Castle, Belarus

Nesvizh Castle, Belarus

Nesvizh Castle is a residential castle of the Radziwill family in Nesvizh, Belarus. The Radziwill dynasty, who built and kept the ensemble from the 16th century until 1939, gave birth to some of the most important personalities in European history and culture. Due to their efforts, the town of Nesvizh came to exercise great influence in the sciences, arts, crafts and architecture. In 2005, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. More info here. Thanks to Xenija.

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk

 

According to Wikipedia, this might be the oldest church in Belarus. It was built between 1044-1066. The cathedral has been rebuilt several times throughout the centuries, and was affected by a fire in 1447.  Dramatized knight fights seem to attract quite a crowd!

 

 

 

Minsk, Belarus

Upper Town, Minsk

 

Upper Town, Minsk

Most of the historic buildings of the capital – honored guests of the past – are located in the Upper Town. The Upper Town became the core of the city in early XVI century with shopping streets and the town hall, cathedrals and churches, synagogues and homes of well-to-do citizens.

The impetuous history took mercy on the original street pattern and a few buildings including the high school, traditional marketplace with warehouses, St. Joseph Church, mysterious Mason House, the Vankoviches Estate which is now home to a branch of the National Museum of Arts of Belarus.

The two most prominent cathedrals of Minsk are also here: Orthodox Holy Spirit Cathedral and Catholic Virgin Mary Cathedral.

A few years ago Minsk City Hall was reconstructed on its original site. It is a traditional building with a 32-meter tower and a clock counting every hour of Minsk life…