In Prujan area of Brest region there is a village with a very interesting history. It’s strange but today it’s famous because of its psychic hospital. But just few people know the history of this old building.
There are several opinions about the origin of the village name. Some scientists refer to a big amount of ancient graves and burial mounds. Some believe that the name Mogilevtsy has the same word root with the city of Mogilev so the name might come fr om the north.
But the most popular opinion is about Byhovets gentry’s family who planted a wonderful garden and a famous farmstead. The symbol of this ancient Lithuanian family was a grave-emblem that depicted a cube grave with 4 crosses in it.
The area of the future village was gifted to one of the first family representative- Mitka Byhovets. But it was his ancestor Yosyph who gave the largest contribution to development of the village.
The Golden age of the village
Yosyph built a chapel; unfortunately it doesn’t exist nowadays because it was destroyed during the Second World War. It was an impressive building for that century with a big garden, an amazing pond, wonderful flower-beds and large amount of local flora. During the war and for a long time after that the park was abandoned and now we can see just a little alley that is still beautiful and great.
One of the most remarkable moments in the history of the village was building of Byhovets palace. If you pass by it you should visit this historical place although there is also a psychic hospital near it.
Peculiarities of the palace
The two-floor building is attractive because of the large library where about 3000 books of different ages and authors were stored at that time. Like the most of well-to do polish gentlemen, Byhovets people value and respect beautiful and expensive things that’s why, for example, the chandelier in the library was made of Venice glass and the tables and the chairs were made of firm Karelian birch.
And all interior design was famous for its luxury and attention to details. Saxon chinaware, tile furnaces, bronze and silver interior elements, pictures of famous artists of those times, a big collection of weapon and ancient coins. Besides traditional living rooms and the room for guests there was a billiards room, a room for playing music and a study room.
Although all these values were stolen in 1939, you can imagine the ancient village if you visit the museum of local lore in Mogilevtsy wh ere the most important landmarks of the area were restored.