Architectural monuments of
Mir Castle & Nesvizh
(It’s worth seeing both monuments as they are in the same direction and not far from each other).
Located 100 km south of Minsk, off the Brest highway.
In the town of Mir you will get acquainted with a pearl of the Belarussian architecture - the Mir castle - the first monument of the national culture which have been switched in the List of the world heritage of UNESCO. The gorgeous red brick Mir Castle is currently being restored, but one tower and the courtyard are open to the visitors. With a lake, a quaint village and the Orthodox church nearby, a visit can make a pleasant afternoon. The castle was constructed by magnates Il'inichi in 1540 in the Belarusian Gothic architectural. In 1568 the Radzivill magnates family, the owners of the castle of the time that was very powerful in Belarus, made the castle into a fortress. Each of the 5 formidable brick castle towers in height up to 27 m are connected by thick defensive walls. Each tower is decorated in its own way. Easily disassembled wooden floors were used in the towers so that soldiers could easily throw the burning planks out of the windows in case a fire. The castle was originally surrounded by a moat, an Italian-style garden and a lake. Today only the lake survives. After the renovations and with the help of UNESCO, the castle will eventually house a hotel a restaurant and a full-fledged museum.
Nesvizh Castle and Town
Located 120 km south of Minsk, off the Brest highway.
The small town of Nesvizh that was founded in the 13th century is home to the 16th century Radzivill Renaissance family’s castle. For to design and construct their castle the Radzivilles invited the best European architects, artists, woodcarvers, gardeners, jewelers. Nesvizh turned into one of the most beautiful nooks of Belarus. Along with the castle you will see splendid monuments which gave to the town the name of "Northern Paris", "unofficial capital of the Great Lithuanian Principality". They are Farny (Jesuitical) Polish Roman-Catholic Church, Sloutsk Gate (1690 yr), the town's square with the Town Hall, printing- house, house on the market, the great belarusian enlightener Symon Budny’s monument, a well-known park complex and some other interesting sights. Nesvizh is a city-treasure which charm is not lost in the course of time. The excursion about Mir and Nesvizh is one of the most popular in republic.
The whole tour lasts around 7 hours.