Stolin is a small town in Brest region, which is situated along the Kopanets River before the river falls into the Goryn river.
Local people tell legends about the origin of the name: according to one legend, local fishermen once caught a hundred tench (fish). So the name of the town appeared.
According to another legend, seven towns were situated along the Goryn River, in which 12 brothers ruled. The place where they gathered was called “stol”. It was located right on the place where the town of Stolin stands now.
The first mention of Stolin dates back to 1555. This year is considered the foundation of the town.
In the XIV century, Stolin was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, then - the Rzeczpospolita. After signing the treaty of Riga, Stolin belonged to Poland for 18 years.
Nowadays, infrastructure is developed in the town, there are industrial enterprises, well-organized transport link. You can get to Stolin fr om anywhere in Belarus.
Stolin was considered the homeland of the Jews - an ancient white synagogue was built in 1793. It is included in the complex of the Synagogue Court, located in the center of the town. The synagogue combines late Baroque and elements of classicism. It was destructed many times during its long existence. Nowadays, its historical significance is preserved but its appearance is in bad condition. This stone building is the only 18th-century synagogue in the Republic of Belarus.
The park "Mankovichi", created by Maria Radziwill and located near the bank of the Goryn River, makes the town more beautiful and splendid. Once, a beautiful manor was built in the territory of the park. After the First World War, the manor was destroyed but it was restored by the efforts of residents in 1922. However, the events of the Second World War played its dramatic role - the estate was utterly destroyed. A huge park, wh ere you can walk in the shade of majestic trees, is all that left today. There are about 35 species of trees and shrubs, including exotic ones: Northern oak, black pine, American linden. The son of Mary Radziwill, Stanislav, placed a memorial sign in honor of his mother. The Park "Mankovichi" is a monument of nature of republican importance.
A 19th-century building is located in the heart of the town. The building of the distillery is interesting to many tourists. Its unique decoration has been preserved to present days.
The residents of Stolin not only remember the history of their town but also know how to celebrate folk holidays. Such holidays as "Maslenitsa" and "Kupalle" are especially popular.
Stolin is rich in traditions and history; if you visit this lovely town, you will remember its ancient buildings and beautiful nature for a long time.