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Łukasz Grajewski

Belarus: More And More Magnificent Castles

We seldom have a reason for praising Belarusian authorities here on Eastook.eu. Usually, they just give us none. However, actions of the Belarusian Ministry of Culture within the framework of the “Castles of Belarus” programme are noteworthy.

The Nesvizh Castle Complex, source: bialorus-instrukcja.blogspot.com

Belarus is a country of a rich history that we generally forget, focusing on the unhappy present. In January, the Belarusian Council of Ministers approved the development programme “Castles of Belarus” for 2012-2018. The initiator of the programme is the Ministry of Culture. Thanks to the political agreement, restorers are to bring back the glow to historical monuments that would help tourists to understand complexity of Belarusian lands.

According to historians, in different periods of times 150 castles were built within the Belarusian territory. They were built in times of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, when these lands belonged to magnate families, such as Radziwiłł and Sapieha.

The reconstruction works within the “Castles of Belarus” pogramme will cover 38 buildings, including 7 total reconstructions. Within last years, the Mir Castle Complex, which history goes back to the 15th century, was given a remodelling. Restorers’ hammer taps and strokes of brushes are still filling the Nesvizh Castle. The former residence of Radziwiłł family, under the decision of Soviet authorities, was a sanatorium between 1945 and 2001, and underwent a reconstruction of questionable quality during last 10 years. In 2012, Nesvizh is the “Belarus’ Capital of Culture”, which shall translate into growing interest in the Radziwiłł castle, included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

On 27 January, Minister of Culture Pavel Latushka initiated the project “Nesvizh – Belarus’ Capital of Culture 2012”:

Source:  Mir24Ministry of Culture of BelarusiBeltaBelaPAN UNESCO

Translated by KD

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Łukasz Grajewski

Socjolog, absolwent Studium Europy Wschodniej UW. Pracował w administracji publicznej, aktywny w trzecim sektorze (Fundacja Wspólna Europa, Polska Fundacja im. Roberta Schumana, Inicjatywa Wolna Białoruś). Autor licznych publikacji o Europie Wschodniej w polskich mediach.

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