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Nesvizh Castle Facts
In 2005 the castle complex was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The estate was owned by the Radziwiłł magnate family from 1533 when it was awarded to Mikołaj Radziwiłł and his brother Jan Radziwiłł after the extinction of the Kiszka family.
1919 – 1945 the complex was in Poland and was considered one of the most beautiful castles in the Kresy region.
Nesvizh Castle is a residential castle of the Radziwiłł family in Niasviž, Belarus.
Nesvizh Castle is 183 metres (600 ft) above sea level.
After World War 2 Nesvizh Palace was used as a Sanatorium and the gardens became neglected.
In 1994, the castle complex was designated the national historical and cultural reserve.
In 2002, the upper storey of the residence was destroyed by fire.
The Belarus edition of the Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that a substantial section of the castle, dating from the 18th century, had been entirely demolished on account of “rotten brick”
The foundation stone of Nesvizh Palace was laid in 1584.
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Vileyka Reservoir Facts
The Vileyka reservoir construction was started in 1968.
Vileyka Reservoir is a water reservoir in the Vileyka-Minsk water system.
The reservoir was created to increase the amount of freshwater for the republic’s capital Minsk.
Vileyka Reservoir is the largest artificial lake in Belarus.
Vileyka Reservoir is the second largest in size to the largest natural lake.
Vileyka Reservoir has a surface area of 64.6 km2, a length of 27 km, a width of 3 km, a maximum depth of 13 m, an average volume of 238 million cubic meters.
Vileyka Reservoir Catchment area is 4120 square kilometres, mineralization of water – 280–320 mg/l.
The annual transfer of water is 575 million tons.
The water rises to the level of more than 70 meters with a few Hydraulic power station.
Vileyka Reservoir is situated in the Minsk Region, Belarus.
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Mir Castle Complex Facts
In December 2000, the Mir Castle was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Duke Juryj Ivanavič Illinič began construction of the castle near the village of Mir after the turn of the 16th century in the Polish Gothic style.
Mir Castle Complex is 164 metres (538 ft) above sea level.
In 1817, after the castle had been abandoned for nearly a century and had suffered severe damage in the Battle of Mir (1812), owner Dominik Hieronim Radziwiłł died of battle injuries and the castle passed to his daughter Stefania, who married Ludwig zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.
Mir Castle Complex is one of the few remaining architectural monuments of the former Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in contemporary Belarus.
Between 1944 and 1956, the castle was used as a housing facility, resulting in damage to the castle’s interior.
Mir Castle Complex located in the town of Mir in the Grodno region of Belarus.
An Italian garden was laid to the north of the walls and an artificial lake was established to the south.
Five towers surrounded the courtyard of the citadel, the walls of which formed a square of 75 metres (246 ft) on each side.
A subsidiary of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus was located in the castle in 1992.
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Tower of Kamyenyets Facts
On January 30, 2004, the site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List, in the Cultural category.
The red-brick tower with service and residential rooms on 5 levels inside was actually a donjon or a keep, that was quite common in France and England till the 16th century.
Tower of Kamyenyets is 30 meters high, the redbrick walls are about 2.5 m thick, with a pitched roof at the top.
The first record in the chronicles about the foundation of the tower dates from 1276.
Tower of Kamyenyets was Erected between 1271 and 1289 by the architect Oleksa as a frontier stronghold on the northern border of the Principality of Volhynia, it is the only such tower remaining to this day in Belarus.
Since 1960 the tower houses a branch of the Brest regional museum.
In 1903, The Brickwork was repaired 10,000 Bricks were used to repair the Tower.
The Tower of Kamyenyets, often called by the misnomer the White Tower is the main landmark of the town of Kamyenyets in Belarus.
The Kamenets Tower is also known as the White Tower
The brickwork features a peculiar Baltic bond: a course consists of 2 stretchers and 1 header.
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Facts About Lake Narach
People settled near the lake about 10 thousand years ago.
Lake Narach is an abode of 22 genera of fish, such as eel, pike, burbot, etc.
Lake Narach has a surface area of 79.6 km2, a wider length of 12.8 km, a maximum depth of 24.8 m, an average depth of 8.9 m, a volume of 710 million cubic meters.
The territory of the park covers more than 87,000 hectares, and, apart from protected land
The lake is surrounded with pine forests. About 48% of the park is covered with pine and birch groves.
Lake Narach is a lake in north-western Belarus, located in the basin of the Viliya river.
Is the largest lake in Belarus, From 1921 to 1939 the Lake was the largest lake in Poland.
Lake Narach formed about 11 thousand years ago after the Pleistocene ice ages.
In 1999, the government of Belarus created the Narachanski National Park.
The park includes 36 natural landmarks of national and local significance.
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Facts About Babruysk
Babruysk occupies an area of 66 square kilometres and comprises over 450 streets whose combined length stretches for over 430 km.
Babruysk is a city in the Mogilev Region of eastern Belarus on the Berezina river.
Babruysk is one of the oldest cities in Belarus. It was first mentioned in writing in the middle of the 14th century.
In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled Family, there is an Earth Station Bobruisk, named for the city in Belarus.
Babruysk is twinned with Anenii Noi, Moldova; Batumi, Georgia; Comrat, Moldova; Daugavpils, Latvia; Grozny, Russia; Gulbene, Latvia; Hengyang, China; Iglesias, Italy; Ishim, Russia; Kobuleti, Georgia; Kolpino, Russia; Kostroma, Russia; Luga, Russia; Morogoro, Tanzania; Murom, Russia; Naro-Fominsky District, Russia; Novomoskovsk, Russia; Odense, Denmark; Oskemen, Kazakhstan; Petrogradsky, Russia; Púchov, Slovakia; Samarkand, Uzbekistan; Sevlievo, Bulgaria; Shaoxing, China; Sokolniki, Russia; Talin, Armenia; Vladimir, Russia; Warsaw West County, Poland & Wuxi, China.
Between 1944 and 1954, Babruysk served as an administrative centre of Babruysk Voblast.
Babruysk is a large city in Belarus.
The name Babruysk probably originates from the Belarusian word babyor, many of which used to inhabit the Berezina.
In 2003, there were 34 public schools in Babruysk, with over 34,000 students.
Babruysk has the biggest timber mill in Belarus and is also known for its chemical, machine-building and metal-working industries.
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Facts About Horki
Horki is a town in the Mogilev Region of Belarus, an administrative centre of Horki District.
Horki was mentioned in written sources (“The Lithuanian Chronicles”) in 1544 as a village.
On December 26, 1861, the Tsarist government ordered to change the status of the village to status of a town.
During World War II, Horki was under German occupation from 12 July 1941 until 26 June 1944.
Current emblem and the flag of the city approved by Presidential Decree 24 August 2006 “On establishing the official heraldic symbols of administrative and territorial units of Mogilev region.”
The estimated population of Horki is 32,777.
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Facts About Mazyr
Mazyr is one of the oldest cities of historical Ruthenia. First mentioned in the mid-12th century as part of Duchy of Vladimir, and then the Duchy of Kyiv.
Mazyr is twinned with Chojnice, Poland & Severodvinsk, Russia.
Mazyr is the capital of modern rock music of Gomel region, where since 2003 International Festival of Music is organized.
The city received town rights first from king Stefan Batory in 1577 and then from King Sigismund III of Poland in 1609.
Since 1938 the town was a seat of Polesie region, however, in 1954 it lost that status and was administratively attached to the region of Gomel.
Mazyr is a city in Gomel Region of Belarus on the Pripyat River.
The Druzhba pipeline carries crude oil from Russia splitting in two at Mazyr. One pipeline branch is directed into Poland and the other one to Ukraine.
The estimated population of Mazyr is 111,801.
Mazyr is located at approximately 52°03′N 29°15′E.
Mazyr is known as a centre of oil refining, salt extraction, machine building, and food processing in Belarus.
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Facts About Pastavy
Pastavy is a city in the Vitebsk Region of Belarus, an administrative centre of Pastavy District.
In 2009, Pastavy celebrated its 600th anniversary.
Pastavy is located on the river Myadelki. Postavy Air Base is located 5 km west of Pastavy.
From 1921 until 1939, Pastavy was part of the Second Polish Republic. In September 1939, the town was occupied by the Red Army and, on 14 November 1939, incorporated into the Byelorussian SSR.
Pastavy has a station on the railway line between Vitebsk and Vilnius, Lithuania.
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Facts About Mogilev
The city is mentioned in historical sources beginning in 1267.
Mogilev is the administrative centre of the Mogilev Region and the third-largest city in Belarus.
Mogilev is a city in eastern Belarus, on the Dnieper River.
Mohilev was the episcopal see of the Latin Catholic Archdiocese of Mohilev until its 1991 merger into the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Minsk-Mohilev.
The town’s most notable landmark is the late 17th-century town hall, named the Ratuša, that was built during the times of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Around 35% of the territory was contaminated as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Belarus gained its independence in 1991, Mogilev has remained one of its principal cities.
Mogilev is twinned with Bardejov, Slovakia; Bursa, Turkey; Eisenach, Germany; Gabrovo, Bulgaria; Kerch, Ukraine; Klaipėda, Lithuania; Kragujevac, Serbia; Mykolaiv, Ukraine; Nanjing, China; Penza, Russia; Sokolinaya Gora, Russia; Sumqayit, Azerbaijan; Tabriz, Iran; Tula, Russia; Villeurbanne, France; Wittenberg, Germany; Włocławek, Poland; Yuzhne, Ukraine; Zhengzhou, China & Zvenigorod, Russia.
Mogilev is home to the following sports teams: FC Torpedo Mogilev, FC Dnepr Mogilev, FC Nadezhda Mogilev, HK Mogilev, Mogilev Lions, Kommunalnik, Masheka & Borisfen.
The estimated population of Mogilev is 380,440.
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