Tour «Belaya Rus: Castles (Mir), 2 days»
Drive fr om Minsk to Mir.
You will see the most valuable monuments of Belarus listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Mir and Nesvizh Castles. The majestic Mir Castle built in the 16th century, its bright architectural look, mighty walls and towers, colorful courtyard leave a lasting impression which will be complemented by the Museum Exposition inside the castle. The exposition is represented by the material culture of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, hunting trophies, suits of armour, household items. The last titled owners of the castle were the Svyatopolk-Mirsky Family, we will see the rooms and studies where the members of the family worked and lived. Our museum guides playing the role of historical characters and dressed in historical costumes will tell us about the life of the Radziwill Family, demonstrate us the confirmation of their ancient lineage and military glory. The highlight of the excursion around the Portrait Hall of the castle is a dance of the Prince Karol Stanislaw Radziwill and his wife Maria Liubomirskaya – and then a dance workshop for everyone!
We continue our excursion and go downstairs – to the basement wh ere food stocks and wine storages were located. Jadwiga, the wife of the chef, will be your guide during this excursion including tastings of traditional food and alcoholic drinks.
Lunch. Hotel check-in.
After a short rest we will go on – and visit the exposition of the south-west tower of the castle. Walking through the defensive towers will let you feel like a warrior. Alongside the castle there is the chapel of the Svyatopolk-Mirsky family built in the beginning of the 20th century. The historic part of the small town of Mir – the place wh ere Belarusians, Poles, Jews, Gipsies and Tartars had been living together for a long time – kept the atmosphere of the former small town. The ensemble of the market place is formed by the Orthodox and Catholic Churches, synagogues, Yeshiva, the houses of craftsmen and merchants.
Free time. Overnight stay in Mir.
Breakfast. Hotel check-out.
Drive to Nesvizh.
Nesvizh is the former capital of the Radziwill’s Ordination, one of the most high-powered families of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth . At the Market place of this picturesque town you will see the Town Hall, shopping arcades, artisan houses; the Slutsk Gate (17th century) is located nearby. During our excursion to the Town Hall we will see the museum exposition devoted to the city magistrate. The Farny Church of the XVI century (architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni) – the first Baroque building in the Eastern Europe. This church is one of the most valuable churches in Belarus due to gorgeous fresco painting and the undercroft. We are heading to the Nesvizh Castle Complex of the 16-18th centuries designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni by order of Nickolay Christoph Radziwill "Sirotka". The magnificent castle surrounded by high earthworks and wide ponds represents the system of buildings forming the tasteful court of honor. During our visit of the Palace Museum you will see the impressive expositions composed of a vast number of relics, great halls of the palace, living and housekeeping areas. The great palace halls will impress you by their valuable sets of the artworks, weapons, coins.
After the lunch we continue our excursion walking through picturesque parks adjacent to the palace which were founded in the 19th century by Maria de Castellano Radziwill.
Return to Minsk. Have a good trip!
The chapel-tomb of the Svyatopolk-Mirsky family in Mir. That building was used as a tomb for nobles of the Orthodox faith, while mainly Catholic f...