Gantsevichi is an administrative center in the northeast of Brest region, located 240 km from Brest and 190 km from Minsk. About 14,000 people live in the town. It was founded in 1898. With the appearance of communications in the area, Gantsevichi in particular, such industries appeared as wood processing, manufacture of glass and mirrors, as well as high-quality Bohemian glass. Mineral water deposits were uncovered, sand and gravel quarries and peat bogs began to develop. Subsequently, it was transformed into a town-type settlement. However, it was granted the status of a town only in 1973.
The History of Gantsevichi
The first mention of the town dates back to the end of the XIX century. Count Chapsky owned these lands. Earlier lands were part of duchies of Turov and Pinsk, later belonged to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Rzeczpospolita. It became part of the Russian Empire at the end of the XVIII century.
This district belonged to the Soviet Union at the end of 1917. It was occupied by the Kaiser troops in 1918. These lands belonged to Poland after events of the November Revolution and until 1939.
Gantsevichi, like whole Western Belarus, was part of the BSSR in 1939. Gantsevichi district was formed in Pinsk region on January 15th, 1940.
During the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) the district was occupied by Nazi German aggressors and was liberated only in 1944.
Sights of Gantsevichi
There are many sights in this district, included in State List of Historical and Cultural Values (monuments of history, archeology, and architecture).
The estate of the Podarevsky family “Gorki” is considered one of the main treasures of the district. It was built in the middle of the XIX century.
Religious objects of the town are worth mentioning as well. For example, the Annunciation Church, built in 1999, which is located in the heart of the city, St. Tikhon's Church, built in 1990.
While visiting a local history museum, anyone can get acquainted with the history and art of these lands and attend different exhibitions.
Since the town is relatively young, it is not rich in numerous historic monuments. However, many tourists who interested in the history and culture of this district come to Gantsevichi.