Lubcha Castle was a residential castle of the Radziwill family on the left bank of the Neman River at Lubcha near Navahradak. The castle was founded in 1581 as a fortified residence of Jan Kiszka, a powerful Calvinist magnate. It had timber walls, a single stone tower, and was surrounded by moats on three sides, the fourth side protected by the river. Lubcha later passed to Janusz Radziwiłł, Great Hetman of Lithuania, who expanded the castle by adding three stone towers. In 1655 it was taken and devastated by the rebellious Cossacks under Ivan Zolotarenko.

Only the barbican and one other tower were left standing after the Cossack incursion. The deserted estate changed owners several times, remaining untenanted until the mid-19th century, when a Gothic Revival palace was built on the grounds. The Lubcha estate suffered much damage during both world wars. The palace was reduced to a shell in 1914 and was remodeled into a school building by the Soviets in 1947.



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Н6325, Lubcha, Belarus
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Founded: 1581
Category: Castles and fortifications in Belarus

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Александр Аврамов (3 months ago)
Строительство Любчанского замка начинается с XVI века, изначально он был деревянным построенный на высоком берегу Немана, и представлял собой прямоугольник, внутри которого располагались башня, окружённый с трёх сторон рвом, который соединялся с рекой. С этого времени, он успел побывать в собственности у разных родов. Но именно при Радзивиллах, замок сделали каменным, и пристроили три башни. До наших дней из четырех башен замка, сохранились только две. К слову, это единственное строительство, которое восстанавливается волонтёрами, на спонсорские деньги. Потенциал у замка огромный, да и вид на Неман впечатляет.
Мария Ровкач (3 months ago)
Туристический потенциал этого места виден сразу:идет реставрация, работники и энтузиасты заинтересованно встречают посетителей. Спасибо им за это. После реставрации будет прекрасный обьект для посещения.
Дмитрий Владимирович (5 months ago)
Excellent location, the building is being restored, the territory is not ennobled. But overall, it's worth a look. Recommend
Volf Rs (2 years ago)
Такая культурная ценность оборонный замок и реставрацией его просто загубили,сразу я думал что делает всё государство но потом как услышал что волонтёры(люди которым не безразлично) то первый вопрос вы точно хотели что б так получилось? Второй вопрос это кто выбрал таааааакой цвет?это вырви глаз просто. А место по атмлсфере просто огонь)) Даже замок с местными жителями
Дмитрий Перепечко (3 years ago)
Красивый вид на Неман. Замок за последние 8 лет преобразился.
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