37 Piece Of Medieval Architecture In Belarus

Piece Of Medieval Architecture In Belarus

Posted on January 20, 2011 by team

The Mir Castle Complex situated in Belarus is a good example of the medieval architecture. It has lately been refurbished and now looks absolutely wonderful.

The counts Ilinichi were the owners of this castle till 1568, then the family of Radzivilly owned it (till 1828) and after that – the Viggensteins. The last owners were the Svyatopolk-Mirsky family. Interesting that the castle was in private ownership till 1939.

The main exhibits are situated in a 3-floor block of the complex and divided into several parts (each of them is devoted to a particular epoch). Fake food is everywhere.

Light is very poor here.


Imitation of the wine cellar.

Iron men welcome you.

A little closer.

Armor of one the cavaliers. Wonder if it’s comfortable to ride the horse and kill somebody when there are such things on your back?

Everybody wants to be photographed with an iron man.


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37 Responses to “Piece Of Medieval Architecture In Belarus”

  1. Zjoske says:

    Looks interesting. Would be interested to go there once.

    • Zenobiush says:

      The proper translation:

      The construction of the castle began at the end of the 15th century, in the Gothic architecture style. Building of the castle was completed by Duke Ilinich in the early 16th century near village Mir (formerly of Minsk guberniya). Around 1568 the Mir Castle passed into the hands of Mikołaj Krzysztof “the Orphan” Radziwiłł, who finished building the castle in the Renaissance style. A three-storey palace was built along the eastern and northern walls of the castle. Plastered facades were decorated with limestone portals, plates, balconies and porches.

      Drawing by Napoleon Orda, 1876
      After being abandoned for nearly a century and suffering severe damage during the Napoleonic period, the castle was restored at the end of the 19th century. In 1813, after the death of Dominik Hieronim Radziwiłł, the castle passed into the hands of his daughter Stefania, who married Ludwig zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. The castle later fell into the hands of their daughter Maria, who married Prince Chlodwig Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst.

      Their son, Maurice Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst sold the castle to Nikolai Sviatopolk-Mirski, of the Bialynia clan, in 1895. Nikolaj’s son Michail began to rebuild the castle according to the plans of architect Teodor Bursze. The Sviatopolk-Mirski family owned the castle up to 1939. During WWII, it came under the dominion of the Nazi occupying force and served as a ghetto for the local Jewish population prior to their liquidation.

  2. Reavenant says:

    A plate armor with wings on the back and characteristically heart-shaped holes in side plates of helmet is a Polish Hussar tournament armor. They were not used in combat, alas rather used during celebrations, tournaments and parades, as the torque force created by those wings would push the mounter off the horse and potentially kill him.
    As it is written this castle once belonged to the Radziwiłł family, a very powerful and wealthy Polish/Lithuanian kin, so it maybe one of their armors.

  3. testicules says:

    nice armor.

  4. Regnard the Knight says:

    Hi, a word about “something on the back” of the armor from picture mirsky-17.jpg; This is Polish hussars armor, looks maybe strange but it was not only a decoration. More about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Hussars Greets from Poland :)

  5. Don says:

    So wonderfull to be bielorussian! What beautifull country we have with plenty of fields, forests, lakes, antique churches and castles, wonderfull factories with genius workers, magnificent and historical cities…
    Just love my country!

  6. Filip says:

    The Armor whit the Angel whings.That’s the Armor who was wearing by Polish Husaria.

  7. EuGene says:

    That armor with wings is equipping the Polish soldier from XVI and the first half of XVII century. They were called: Polish winged Hussars and they was the former best individual amongst the entire cavalry. Check this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Hussars

  8. xoxo says:

    Love the ceiling. Want that ceiling. It’s one beautiful ceiling…

  9. Wishful thinker says:

    Great post. And thanks to the people who explained the feathers/wings and a little bit more of Polish and Belorussian history!

  10. Pavlov says:

    >> Interesting that the castle was in private ownership till 1939.

    because till 1939 it was part of Poland…

  11. Mizz... (A) says:

    Must wisit hat place if possible in future.
    Armour originally made for wearing always looks a bit funny hanging on stands. Armour made for hanging on a stans looks good on a stand but is useless for almost any other purposes, exept maybe hanging laundry to dry. :D

  12. betterDeadThanRed says:

    Beautiful Castle! How beautiful is… Polish history?!

  13. kpt_red says:

    “Interesting that the castle was in private ownership till 1939.” Very interesting!

  14. The Kingfish says:

    Difference between Czar and Communists, the last Czar, for all his faults and he had many, sought to defend a Slavic, Orthodox Christian nation from war with Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Communists conspired with Hitler to invade a Slavic country, Poland. So much for Slavic solidarity.

  15. Musa says:

    It’s beautiful, I wish there were more photos of it. Wonderful Post, Thanks.

  16. a. says:

    Russian? Belarus?
    Polish knight with eagel’s father on armor?
    On medieval ages there was Sparta, ekh, sorry POLAND

  17. I really love these beautiful large-format photos of Mir Castle in the snow. I’m also very happy to see the interior, and I know that the restoration of Mir Castle has now been completed.

    My great-grandfather, Prince Nicolai Ivanovitch Sviatopolk-Mirski, was the owner of Mir Castle at one time, when he bought it from the Princes Radziwill family.

    Princess Maria Sviatopolk-Mirski

  18. Yuri says:

    Another beautiful example of Russian medieval architecture. I’m so happy it was decided to restore this property. I also really like the older wooden houses that are pictured looking out of one of the windows.

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