Ruins in Belarus

Ruzhany Palace Ruins

Ruzhany Palace is a ruined palace which was between the 16th and 19th centuries the main seat of the senior line of the Sapieha noble family. Ruzhany began its life in the late 16th century as the site of Lew Sapieha"s castle, the palace being completed in 1602. The Sapieha residence was destroyed in the course of the internecine strife in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania when it was attacked by Michał Serwacy Wi ...
Founded: 1602 | Location: Ruzany, Belarus

Navahrudak Castle Ruins

Navahrudak Castle was one of the key strongholds of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, cited by Maciej Stryjkowski as the location of Mindaugas"s coronation as King of Lithuania as well as his likely burial place. Modern historians cannot make up their minds as to the true location of Mindaugas"s coronation. As early as the 14th century, Navahrudak is known to have possessed a stone tower along the lines of Tower of ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Navahrudak, Belarus

Krevo Castle Ruins

Krevo Castle is one of the oldest Belarus castles and dates from the early 14th century. It is an important place in Belarus because it was the first all-stone castle to be built in the region. The stone walls were 2.5m thick and 13m high. The castle had two towers which guarded the rest of the fortress. Grand Duke Keistut was murdered in the castle in 1381, and in 1385 the famousKrevo Union (between Poland and the Grand ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Krevo, Belarus

Smalyany Castle Ruins

Smalyany Castle was probably built before 1626 by the order of Duke S. A. Sangushka. It took part to the several battles in the war with Russia (1654-1667) and in Great Northern War (1700-1721). The castle consisted of inner court and 3-4 corner towers. They buildings had three storeys. The decline of Smalyany castle began in the mid-18th century. Today ruins with embossed decorum have survived.
Founded: Before 1626 | Location: Smalyany, Belarus

Svislach Castle Ruins

Svislach Castle was established as the center of the Duchy of Svislach; it later belonged to the Duchy of Minsk, and from the 14th century to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The castle came into the possession of the Radziwill family and one of its prominent owners was Bogusław Radziwiłł. Today it is in ruins.
Founded: | Location: Svislach, Belarus

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Narikala Castle

Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Kura River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. On the lower court there is the recently restored St Nicholas church. Newly built in 1996–1997, it replaces the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The new church is of 'prescribed cross' type, having doors on three sides. The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescos showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia.

The fortress was established in the 4th century and it was a Persian citadel. It was considerably expanded by the Umayyads in the 7th century and later, by king David the Builder (1089–1125). Most of extant fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1827, parts of the fortress were damaged by an earthquake and demolished.