A very modest small village of Ruchitsa, a part of Naroch village Council, is located in Vileyka district, Minsk region. The population of this place is only 37 people. The village is situated 15 km from the town of Vileyka not far from the border with Grodno region. Near the settlement there are other small villages.  A calm river Ganutka falling into the Naroch flows nearby. The banks of this river surrounded by a forest can be a perfect place for resting outdoors. Clearness of the nature in this place amazes and nobody leaves indifferent.

The history of Ruchitsa village 

Earlier the village was known as Ganuta named after the river that flows through this area. At that time it was the Oginskys’ family estate. By the time of mergin with the village of Ruchitsa the village of Ganuta hadn’t been on maps.

The second half of the 18th century was marked by the construction of a wooden manor by the Governor Oginsky. And at the same time within the boundaries of estate land a wooden Church was built.

After the division of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Ruchitsa village became a part of the Russian Impire. 

A wooden chapel was built on the village cemetery in 1809, but it burned in the late 20th century. And perhaps, as the locals say, it collapsed due to old age and couldn’t reach our days.

In the early 19th century the Catholic Church was closed but later by the end of the 19th century an Orthodox church of the Assumption was built on its place.

Like many other cities and villages of Belarus the village Ruchitsa was both a part of Poland and the BSSR. 

The attractions of Ruchitsa 

Though the village is very modest, small and inconspicuous, but there is something to see and the places to visit. Among special attractions of this region it is possible to single out the estate of the Oginsky family built in the late 18th century, or what was left of it. Only small hills, which have already overgrown gras,s left of the manor house. Only two chapels that are in a dilapidated condition survived up to the present days: one is near the local cemetery; the second one is in the middle of the field.

In the 70s of the 20th century was built a wooden pendant bridge across the river. Due to the bridge it became possible to get from one bank to the other. For fearers it will be difficult to cross this bridge because it looks as if it is about to fall, but it is strong enough.  

The next Ruchitsa’s attraction is an Orthodox church of the Assumption. In spite of a rather old construction of the late 19thcentury it has survived to our days.

Passing by this place it is worth to stay here for a while.  Having given this town a little of your time and attention you won’t regret it for a minute.  Here are very picturesque places, fresh air and the most beautiful nature.  

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