Yuri’s Hill (former Pagan Temple) in Krevo
The village of Krevo has a quite long history, which attracts numerous tourists. It is known that Krevo was first mentioned in the chronicles in the XIII century and it was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Rzeczpospolita for a long time, had the prestigious Magdeburg right at the time. The famous Krevo Castle is one of the most important sights of this modest Belarusian corner, built in the 14th century by order of Duke Gedimin. It is noteworthy that the castle walls were several meters thick and thirteen meters high. The castle built of stone and brick performed a defensive function. Its walls perfectly remember the killing of Keystut, as well as the signing of the Union of Krevo.
During the 16th century, the castle was attacked by Tatars and Russian troops, who dreamed of conquering that territory. In the XIX century, it was desolate and seemed abandoned for a long time. During the First World War, it is believed that the Krevo Castle was occupied by the Kaiser troops and the army of the Russian Empire tried to take the impregnable fortress. As a result, the castle was badly damaged.
Many curious legends are associated with the Krevo Castle, starting with the underground tunnel to Vilnius and ending with a charming young woman immured in the thick walls of the castle. Unfortunately, only ruins left of the Krevo Castle. A great Belarusian artist Napoleon Orda painted the castle in the end of the XIX century.
You can enjoy the picturesque panoramic view of the ancient castle from Yuri’s Hill. Yuri’s Hill (a former pagan temple) in the village of Krevo is a local pride with mysteries and secrets. You can see the ruins of the Krevo Castle, Orthodox and Catholic churches from the majestic hill. In ancient times, there was an ancient temple of pagans, and later a beautiful temple was erected. Residents tell a popular legend associated with Yuri, who dreamed that treasure was hidden in the hill. He woke up in the middle of the night and went to dig. When Yuri digging, there was a terrible wind which dragged Yuri into a funnel.
Earlier, there were four massive stone-amulets which protected the inhabitants of the castle and the Belarusian people from misfortunes, diseases and enemy invasion. The Krevo Castle suffered from time and numerous wars after the temple with amulets was destroyed.
Yuri’s Hill in the village of Krevo helps everyone who climbs it enjoy the picturesque landscapes of a small place in Smorgon district, including the ruins of the once magnificent Krevo castle.