Photographer's Note

The Mir Castle complex (Mirsky zamok) is an outstanding example of 16th-century fortification art. It’s located in the town of Mir in the Grodno region of Belarus.

The construction of this Belarus’ Gothic style castle was started in the 1520s by Duke Ilinich.

In 1568 the castle came into the hands of Mikolay Radziwil, who completed it in Renaissance style.

Mikolay Radziwill three-storey palace was built along the eastern and northern walls of the castle which had forty fretted rooms. Earth walls were built around the castle with bastions at the corners, surrounded by a water moat.

An Italian garden was laid to the north of the walls and an artificial lake was established to the south. The Radziwills owned the castle for several centuries.

During the Napoleonic wars the castle was severely damaged. In 1891, the castle is bought by Nikolai Svyatopolk-Mirsky who started bringing order to his new property. His son continued his father’s work, led by renowned architect Teodor Bursze.
The successful blend of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture makes Mir Castle one of the most impressive castles in Europe.

Following intensive restoration works, Mir Castle was reopened to the public in December 2010.
In 2000 UNESCO designated Mir Castle a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site.

I wanted to go to Mir by bus , but I would have to wait a few hours in Minsk and there were no marshrutkas. But then I wouldn't have the time for Nesvizh - I had only transit visa to Belarus. So I decided to take a taxi. The driver went first to Mir, guided me round the castle, and then we went to Nesvish. More expensive but I saw what I wanted. and on the way the driver told me about the life in Lukashenka country.

My Nex camera will be fixed but it will be expensive :(.

Sorry, I uploaded the wrong size. Here is the better size

Front view . The light was unfavourable :(.

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