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 Kamyanyet ...
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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Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle

Easter Aquhorthies stone circle, located near Inverurie, is one of the best-preserved examples of a recumbent stone circle, and one of the few that still have their full complement of stones. It consists of a ring of nine stones, eight of which are grey granite and one red jasper. Two more grey granite stones flank a recumbent of red granite flecked with crystals and lines of quartz. The circle is particularly notable for its builders' use of polychromy in the stones, with the reddish ones situated on the SSW side and the grey ones opposite.

The placename Aquhorthies derives from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning 'field of prayer', and may indicate a 'long continuity of sanctity' between the Stone or Bronze Age circle builders and their much later Gaelic successors millennia later. The circle's surroundings were landscaped in the late 19th century, and it sits within a small fenced and walled enclosure. A stone dyke, known as a roundel, was built around the circle some time between 1847 and 1866–7.