Ivye is a small town in Grodno region, located 158 km fr om the region center and 136 km from Minsk. About 7,5 thousand inhabitants live in this town. There are many interesting historical and cultural monuments. There are two rivers – Ivyanka and Gavye. The town’s name is derived from the river Ivyanka. The town is situated between dense forests of Naliboki reserve. Such a convenient location of the town was a good place for trade, thus Ivye was developing successfully
The history of the town Ivye
According to written sources, this place became known in the XVII century. At that time, in Ivye there was the first printing house in Belarus. Many books were printed, mainly Orthodox, but also “Grammar” by Smotritsky was published. From ancient times, Belarusian Tatars lived there. Later on, the construction of a mosque was begun in 1884 at the expense of Countess Zamoyskaya. During the Soviet period, this was the only mosque functioning on the territory of Belarus. If we translate the word Ivye from the Tatar language, it means “ nest, dwelling.”
The town Ivye is considered a Tatar “capital of Belarus”. Annually, a Muslim holiday is celebrated in this town, wh ere all the Belarusian Tatars gather. Only in 2000, Ivye was granted the status of a town.
Sights of Ivye
Sights of this unusual town Ivye and fascinating nature will definitely surprise tourists. There are many architectural constructions and remarkable places. This place has a rich history. You will experience only positive emotions after visiting these lands.
Due to its rich history and uniqueness, tourists remember this town for a long time.