Nesvizh Castle :: Nesvizh, Belarus
Considered by many to be the most beautiful palace in Belarus, Nesvizh Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The castle features wonderfully diverse architecture as well as amazingly beautiful gardens. In 1994 it was designated the national historical and cultural reserve and then in 2005, the area was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage list as “Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh” which consists of the 10 interconnected buildings that make up the castle as well as the mausoleum Church of Corpus Christi. The palace buildings and church were important architectural developments in their time and became models for many buildings built in Central Europe and Russia. Nesvizh Castle was owned by the Radziwill family for the majority of the 16th century through 1939 when they were expelled by the Red Army. Since the foundation was laid in 1584, the estate has been rebuilt numerous times which has resulted in the castle featuring a variety of different architectural styles including Neo-Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
After World War II the gardens went uncared for as the main use of Nesvizh Castle was as a Sanatorium. Restoration is currently underway and the extensive renovations are expected to be completed and opened to the public in 2010. The castle gardens are one of its most popular attractions featuring ornamental lakes and amazing landscaping. While visiting Nesvizh Castle you should take the opportunity to visit other local sights including the Nesvizh Benedictine Monastery, the 16th century Farny Polish Roman Catholic Church and of course Nesvizh town square. Nesvizh is only a three hour bus ride from Minsk making it a great day-trip destination when visiting.
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